Did you know that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 have a fall each year? Falls can have a big impact on a person’s confidence, mobility and independence but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of a fall at home. Occupational therapy can help you, or someone you care about, reduce the risk of a fall allowing you to pursue the activities you enjoy most by helping you active, healthy and independent.
At Living Strength OT we value the importance of evidence-based research on fall prevention along with how to implement effective intervention and strategies that are based on sound research. Fall prevention programs have been shown to be most effective when they address multiple risk factors. These factors may include poor balance, leg weakness and taking multiple medications.
Our Occupational Therapists observes and considers how the person performs their daily activities in their day-to-day environment. The screening process includes educating the person how to identify and solve problems to reduce trip and fall hazards.When assessing risk it is particularly important to consider and reviewing multiple risk factors prior to implementing effective intervention. Reasons for this are to reduce the likelihood of falls, increase the person’s confidence and improving the person’s independence.
If you are concerned about yourself, a family member, or someone you know, contact our friendly Occupational Therapy team for a chat on 02 4340 0883.