Physiotherapy To Prevent Falls & Mobility For Elders

Physiotherapy to improve mobility

The changes that transpire with aging can lead to problems with a person’s capacity to move around, or mobility.  Mobility problems may be shakiness while walking, difficulty sitting on or getting up from a chair, or falls. Muscle weakness, joint problems, pain, ailment, and neurological (brain and nervous system) difficulties that are universal conditions in older people, can all result in mobility problems. Sometimes numerous mild problems occur at one time and merge to negatively influence mobility.

The numero uno mobility problem that older people experience is falls. Falls result in broken bones, bruises, and fear of falling. Older bones break more easily than younger bones and they heal less quickly and not as completely. If a hip is fractured, canes, walkers, or wheelchairs might be needed permanently. Falls are a major cause of injury and death, so prevention is important.

Mobility and Fall fact sheet

 

 

  • Each year, 30% to 40% of elderly people and 50% of nursing home residents fall.
  • Falls contribute to > 40% of nursing home admissions and are the 7th leading cause of death in people ≥ 65.
  • Causes are multi-factorial and include age- and illness-related decline in function, environmental hazards, and adverse drug effects.

It is essential to evaluate the patient for predisposing factors and assess the home for hazards. To the extent possible, treat causal disorders, change or stop causative drugs and correct environmental hazards. Patients who have fallen more than once or who have equilibrium problems during gait testing may benefit from physical therapy or an exercise program.

These patients should be referred to TriBeCa Care’s physical therapy or home exercise program. TriBeCa Care’s physical therapists customize exercise programs to improve poise and gait and to correct specific problems contributing to fall risk. The most successful exercise programs to reduce fall risk are those that are tailored to the patient’s deficit, are provided by our trained professionals at TriBeCa Care, have a sufficient balance challenge component, and are provided over the long term.

How is TriBeCa Care’s home-based physiotherapy programme beneficial to prevent falls & mobility for elders?

 

 

  • Improves functional abilities and quality of life
  • Implementation of a home-based muscle strengthening and balance retraining program
  • Decreases the rate and risk of falls in seniors living in the community.
  • Physiotherapy interventions focused on functional improvements reduce mortality rates.
  • Improves physical and social function
  • Increases independence, teaches self-management and promotes empowerment.

Physiotherapy-led exercise programs have been shown to be effective and to reduce actual fall by 29% and the risk of falling by 15% and individual exercise programs by 32%. Our physiotherapists are specialized to provide evidence-based exercise, education and advice programs to prevent falls, improve balance, increase self-confidence, reduce fear of falling and promote active and healthy lifestyles. TriBeCa Care provides home-based services with regular visits from TriBeca Care’s health care professionals, consistent monitoring and follow-ups to ensure continuity of care.

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