The Problem

2.8 million people are treated in emergency departments in one year. That’s equal to the entire population of Nevada or Kansas.

Falls are the most common cause of TBIs. Over 750,000 people are hospitalized because of injuries sustained from a fall with most of those suffering from a head injury or broken hip. At an average cost of $30,000 per admission, it’s an astronomical cost.

The human cost in loss of independence from mobility limitations is tremendous. For those who still work, a fall could mean loss of income. For those on fixed incomes, the deductibles and co-pays could impose real financial burden.

Most Falls Are Preventable Identifying fall risks is such low-hanging fruit as we think about ways to decrease healthcare spending and increase our patients’ quality of life.

As the baby boomers age with 10,000 turning 65 every day, these numbers will only get bigger unless we do something to decrease the incidence of preventable falls.

Learn How to Assess Fall Risk and Help Patients Increase Their Strength and Balance During the presentation, you will learn about the magnitude of the number of falls and their adverse effects. It provides some effective tools you can use to determine whether an older adult is at risk of a fall by conducting a quick but effective fall risk assessment. Finally, it demonstrates some strategies you can use with your older patients to help them reduce their fall risk by improving balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Mobility Concerns and Falls Module