Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Therapy and Health and Wellness Team and the Logan County Health District are partnering to provide community fall prevention education, including the Matter of Balance classes offered through the Solid Ground Fall Risk Screening and Prevention Program.
While falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people 65 years of age and older, studies show that a combination of behavioral changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults.
“Seniors who have fallen once are nearly three times more likely to fall again,” Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said in a releae. “Nearly 55 percent of those falls occur inside the home. We can change this by bringing greater attention to the many preventive measures that can be easily adopted to keep our seniors safe and more active.”
Community Health Nurse Nancy Harmon is facilitating the Matter of Balance classes in the Bellefontaine and Indian Lake area. During this free four-week course, participants will learn to:
• View falls and fear of falling as controllable;
• Set realistic goals for increasing activity;
• Make changes to reduce fall risks at home; and
• Increase strength and balance through exercises.
Participants that are identified to be at further risk of a fall after the completion of the program will be encouraged to follow-up with their primary physician and/or take advantage of the Solid Ground Fall Prevention Program available through Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center.
While the initial programs are targeted towards Logan County assisted/independent living sites, senior centers and various community churches, the team also will be working in the near future with home health agencies, community groups and the hospital’s emergency and surgical department to identify and help alleviate fall risks.
For more information about the Solid Ground Program and to register for one of the upcoming Matter of Balance sessions, contact the MRH Community Relations Department at 599-7005.