Last Friday, HomeCare Rehab and Nursing, LLC celebrated two important milestones. Firstly, we rolled out our new “Baker Rehab Group” dba name change and our new website www.BakerRehabGroup.com went live! This was accompanied by a new Facebook page and Twitter handle… so make sure you’re following us!
The other big event event took place the same day. We conducted our first approved continuing education course for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants (9 hours of ceu training) on utilizing our own BalanceWorks Fall Prevention and Assessment System. This was very intentional timing in that Friday September 23, 2011 is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Our goal is to make sure what we are doing in clinical practice to address fall prevention is based on “best practice guidelines” and can objectively be quantified through tests that have a high degree of reliability and validity. The feedback from our therapists was very positive, and Tracey Cannon PT did a fantastic job presenting a ton of material in an engaging and dynamic way.
On that note…
Falls are a BIG problem! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of three adults age 65 and older fall each year and among this group, falls are the leading cause of injury death. In 2008, almost 20,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries in the US, and this is a sharp rise over the last decade. The CDC estimates that about $30 billion this year will be spent on direct medical costs from falls.
We are serious about changing these trends and doing what we can to keep seniors healthy and fall free. We will be providing free physical therapy screenings related to strength, mobility, and balance deficits at Edenton Retirement Community in Frederick, MD on Friday September 23rd. We will also be providing low vision screenings and scheduling home safety assessments on site. Please join us from 10 am to 12 pm.
Check out this web link on ways older adults can prevent falls.