(Torrington, CT) The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department is adding a new “Safe Steps” program to improve balance and significantly reduce the risk of falls in those individuals at risk in our community. The program is specifically designed for those that have had a previous fall, have difficulty walking, have balance difficulties, use four or more medications per day, have dizziness when standing or have difficulty with getting out of a chair independently.
Available at both of the CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinics (1151 East Main Street and 538 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT), the new initiative consists of a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and treatment identifying individual problem areas and focusing on improving balance and minimizing fall risks. A healthcare team, consisting of therapists and the patient’s physician, work to design a customized plan of care that includes exercise, gait training, appropriate exercises for home, home environment education and general education on fall prevention.
Amanda Hill, CHH Director of Rehabilitation, said, “The Safe Steps program is one of our innovative approaches to promote health and wellness in the older adult population and those that are most at risk for falls. Our knowledgeable therapists are pleased to offer this service and look forward to helping individuals remain active, decrease their fall risk and improve their quality of life.”
According to the CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention, more than 1/3 of all adults 65 years and older will fall this year and 50% will fall repeatedly. 90% of hip fractures are from falls. Falls and related injuries are the most frequently occurring preventable cause of nursing home placement. Falls should not be considered a “normal” consequence of aging and are one of the most preventable health problems we face!
A Physical Therapy referral from your primary care physician is required. The charge for this program is covered by most insurance providers.
CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine offers patients two convenient locations at both 538 Litchfield Street, Torrington and 1151 East Main Street, Torrington. Please call 860-496-0046 for more information.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.