Slips and falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults. AmeraCare offers Safe Steps, a program for mobility rehabilitation and fall prevention. This multi-faceted approach to treatment aims to educate, coordinate care, and provide a holistic approach to fall prevention.
AmeraCare Home Health is proud to introduce Safe Steps, an initiative aimed at promoting fall prevention awareness and mobility rehabilitation.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults. According to the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 3 adults, aged 65 or older, falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
Safe Steps employs a multi-faceted approach to fall prevention treatment with education, coordination of care, and screening, assessment, and intervention.
Education: At AmeraCare, our interdisciplinary team members receive specialized, on-going fall prevention and rehabilitation training. During the initial skilled nurse visit, we provide, review and discuss patient and caregiver educational materials.
Coordination of Care: With a mobile, electronic documentation system, clinicians have the ability to reference the patient’s medical record during patient visits.
Each patient is assigned a proactive case manager to lead and coordinate the interdisciplinary team. The case manager and medical director meet bi-weekly to evaluate each patient’s plan of care.
Screening, Assessment & Intervention: From admission to discharge, a holistic approach to treatment is utilized to address the physical, practical, emotional, and social dimensions of the issue. We administer quantitative and qualitative screenings and assessment instruments to all patients for fall risk. Those “at risk” for falls are evaluated by a certified physical therapist and a physical therapy plan of care is established.
An effective assessment of orthostatic hypotension is provided. Targeted, coordinated, and interdisciplinary responses to each fall are case manager driven.
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