Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention

Persons with disabilities are often at high risk for falls. For example, general stroke survivors fall about twice as often as people who have not had a stroke.

Falls account for many of the severe injuries we see in the community and can contribute to worsening disability.

Many factors may increase your risk of falling such as:

  • Your age
  • The type and number of medications you take each day
  • Any problems you might have with your balance
  • Any difficulties you may have with walking or moving around your home
  • Your ability to get in and out of your bathtub or shower
  • Loss of strength or sensation in your legs or feet
  • A previous fall or near fall in the past 12 months may increase the likelihood of another fall
  • If you are sometimes confused or disoriented
  • A depression which can make you more likely to have a fall

There are many things that you can do to prevent a fall.

The physiotherapists at Action Potential Rehabilitation can help you identify and modify possible risk factors that make you more likely to have a fall.

After a thorough assessment, they will review your environment and make suggestions for modifications, for example, they may recommend that you put your favorite chair on risers to help you get up out of the chair more easily or, depending on your particular needs, they may prescribe a specific type of cane or walker that would be adjusted to your height and individual requirements. If the assessment identifies areas of muscle weakness or other balance problems, your physiotherapist will work with you to help you get stronger and to improve your balance.

They will also teach you what to do in the event of a fall and how to get back up off the floor if you are uninjured.

Further fall prevention information can be found at:

Ottawa Public Health http://www.ottawa.ca/health/
Bruyere Continuing Care http://www.bruyere.org

 

Disclaimer:

This website provides general information about our services and various conditions. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.