More than 90 percent of incidents that result in injuries are predictable and preventable. Modifying the home and reducing hazards in the community can reduce the risk of falls by half.
Many seniors imprison themselves in their homes from a fear of falling. By doing this, they lose the physical benefits of normal activities and may compromise balance and muscle strength, putting themselves at even greater risk of falling, even at home.
The risk of falling in older adults can be reduced dramatically when specific exercises, activities and interventions are practised.
Physiotherapy at home can help maintain or regain strength, flexibility and endurance in a way that still feels safe and secure.
On April 18, 2013, the Ministry of Health in Ontario announced that it will provide more than 200,000 additional seniors and patients with improved access to high-quality physiotherapy, exercise, and falls prevention classes.
As part of a physiotherapy regime, a practitioner can review a senior’s medical history and conduct a series of tests specifically designed to measure strength, flexibility, balance and gait.
This will help to shape a program of exercises and activities to focus on that area, with the overall goal of improving physical function and mobility.