Staying on your feet is not always easy and anyone can have a slip.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of accidental injury for residents 55 years and older, yet falls are one of the most preventable health problems.

Anyone with physical or sensory deficits, such as visual impairments or foot problems, is at risk. Also at risk are those with a chronic illness, those taking more than four prescription medications, and those who have noticed a decline in their physical mobility or changes in their balance.

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice has moved its award winning fall prevention program Steady Steps into the virtual space so it remains accessible. The program is based on research from experts at the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention and Yale University School of Medicine.

The educational sessions and classes outlined below can make a tremendous impact on reducing your risk for falls. Some basic tips for safety include making sure adequate lighting is always available, most notably in instances such as getting out of bed at night; that appropriate footwear is always worn, especially at home where wood and tile floors can be slippery; and that you always have plenty of visibility and a clear path to walk in, particularly when carrying something in your hands.

 

Virtual Education Sessions

Our team has created recordings of all 10 sessions of our Fall Free Living education program, which includes things to consider to determine your own personal risk, advice for reducing your incidence of falls and education on a variety of related topics as well as exercise demonstrations. We recommend you watch one session per week, though the benefit of this virtual offering is you can engage in the program at your own desired pace.

Session 1: An introduction to your risk for falls

Session 2: Home safety evaluation tips

Session 3: Getting moving and balance problems

Session 4: Mobility

Session 5: Dos and Don’ts of Mobility using a cane and walker

Session 6: Medications and the related risk for falls

Session 7: Blood pressure

Session 8: Sensory deficits including vision and hearing loss

Session 9: Feet and footwear

Session 10: Home safety hazards

 

For our Steady Steps Fall Prevention handout that includes information on how to prevent falls and exercises that are proven to improve balance, click here.

For dates and times of our exercise programs, click here.