Did you know that 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head traumas? Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and trauma-related hospitalizations in the U.S. Many falls can be prevented.
What is Valley’s Fall Prevention Assessment Program?
Valley’s program is called Gravity. It is provided by the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department. It is a service that provides a comprehensive fall prevention assessment and treatment for patients who have fallen or are at risk of falling.
Why Have an Assessment?
A personal fall prevention assessment can help you avoid falls. Falls are not a normal part of aging. Falls can get more serious over time, but by identifying your risks and developing a fall prevention strategy, they can be reduced.
What Signs Should I Look for to See If I Am at Risk for Falling?
- You cannot get out of a chair without using your hands for support.
- You cannot balance on one leg for at least five seconds without holding on to something.
- You have fallen before.
- You are concerned about falling.
- You have vision impairment.
- You have problems with balance.
- You have dizziness or vertigo.
- You experience light headedness when standing up.
What Happens During an Assessment?
At your initial assessment, you will meet with licensed healthcare professionals including a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a nurse. They will ask about any previous falls and gather information about what might be causing the falls. The assessment involves taking your medication history, as well as assessing gait, balance and range of motion, strength, sensation, vision, cognitive ability, and medication use. You will also be asked about your home environment and your concerns about falling. If you have dizziness or vertigo, it will be evaluated and you will receive recommendations for treatment.
What Will Happen After My Assessment?
If you are at risk for falls, a detailed fall prevention treatment plan will be developed to address your needs.
Who Will Read My Assessment?
The assessment results will be sent to your primary care physician. If you would like other physicians to read a copy, please let us know, and we will make sure all of your physicians receive the results.
How Can I Get An Appointment?
You can call for an appointment or ask your physician to refer you to us. Our number is 201-447-8131.
Will the Visit be Covered by Insurance?
Fall prevention assessments are covered by Medicare and most other insurance carriers. We can help you find out if your visit is covered. When you call to make your appointment, please have your insurance information available.
Where Do I Go for My Assessment?
Gravity is located at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 505 Goffle Road, Ridgewood, New Jersey. Please call 201-447-8131 to make an appointment or for more information on Gravity.