Falls Risk Reduction Services
Falls are one of the most prevalent issues aging adults face. In fact, studies show that one-third of patients over the age of 65 fall yearly, and falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. In patients 65 years and older, falls account for nearly 80% of Summa Akron City Hospital’s trauma injuries.
It is important to keep in mind falls are not a normal consequence of aging. Multiple risk factors such as muscle weakness, balance problems, vision/hearing loss, certain medications, cognitive loss and more can contribute to a fall. Every fall should be viewed as an opportunity to intervene to help prevent future falls, which may result in additional injuries, such as hip fractures.
If you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, help is available. Summa’s Falls Reduction Program, part of the Center for Senior Health, may be able to help you avoid falls in the future.
The program is run by a nurse practitioner who will conduct an initial assessment and ask about any previous falls and explore possible causes. The visit involves:
- A complete medical history
- A physical exam
- Assessment of gait, balance, range of motion and strength
- Assessment of sensation, vision and cognitive ability
- Review of medication use
- Evaluation of dizziness or vertigo (if present)
- Conversation about the home environment and offer of a home safety assessment to take place at a later date
To schedule an appointment for our Fall Services in Summa’s Center for Senior Health, either at Summa Akron City Hospital or Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman please contact (888) 905-0671.