Fall Prevention Program
The Ambassador of Scarsdale has partnered with Fox Rehabilitation to provide a unique, proactive approach to residents’ functional wellness. Fox Optimal Living is an innovative approach to medical fitness as the program focuses on maximizing each resident’s quality of life, while reducing healthcare spending. Residents have the option of utilizing on-site rehabilitation services as they would out-patient rehabilitation services, but in the comfort and proximity of their own apartments.
Falls are a major economic and social issue across the United States. In fact, 1/3 of the older adult population over the age of 65 falls each year and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Research supports the most effective interventions to manage falls risk are those that incorporate exercise. A Physical and Occupational Therapist can help achieve optimal results through a structured, customized program of properly dosed progressive therapeutic exercise.
Components of Treatment
- Comprehensive baseline evaluations including the use of evidenced-based functional outcomes measures for gait, flexibility, balance and strength
- Home safety assessments to prevent injury and optimize performance in activities of daily living to reduce falls and maximize quality of life
- Strong emphasis on individualized interventions taking into consideration the patient’s pharmacological management and the impact medications will have on fall risk
- Skilled therapeutic interventions including high intensity strength training, dynamic balance interventions and endurance training delivered one on one in the comfort of the patient’s residence
Benefits of Treatment
- Improved Walking Speed - Individuals who ambulate at slower speeds are at a higher risk for falls and hospitalization. Skilled high-intensity exercise has been shown to improve gait speed in community dwelling older adults (Lopopolo, R, Greco M, Physical Therapy 2006).
- Improved Community Mobility - Programs consisting of strength and balance exercises together with endurance training can enhance physical performance outcomes in community dwelling older adults (Freiberger, et al, JAGS, 2012).
- Improved Object Negotiation - Skilled intervention programs that include agility and visual training improves obstacle avoidance and decreases the risk for falls. (Reed Jones, et al, Gait and Posture, 2011).
- Reduction in Falls - Evidenced-based fall prevention programs designed for community dwelling older adults have been shown to be effective in reducing both the number of falls and the number of injuries resulting from falls (Robertson MC, BMJ 2001).