What to Do After a Fall
So you’ve had a fall…
No one wants to end up on the floor, staring their cat in the eyes, wondering how they will be able to get back up and if they seriously hurt themselves. The best way to prevent a fall is by taking appropriate precautions before a fall ever happens. We’ve put together some tips to help you get started.
House Safety Checklist
Before you go to the store to buy new fall prevention things, use this handy checklist to see what you will need.
Equipment for the House
Here are some links to commonly used devices to help prevent falls in the home. There are a LOT more, but this will get you started. Mobile Rehab also provides home safety evaluations and product suggestions and well as referrals to certified Aging In Place contractors for house remodeling needs. Call use at 919-636-2423 for more information.
For bathrooms, showers, entryways click here
For hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms click here
To reduce confusion and improve sleep patterns click here
Four Wheeled Walker
Has a seat for rest breaks click here
Showers can be dangerous places click here
For more information on choosing specific home safety devices, visit HomeAbility for many helpful tips.
Three Wheeled Walker
Light and low profile for tight spaces click here
Very Fashionable Canes
For those who “aren’t ready to use a regular cane” click here
Emergency Alert Call System
This one has no monthly charges click here
Simple to install and very helpful click here
Use them inside. They are comfy, too. click here
Subscription Fall Alert Systems
Here’s reviews of some popular brands click here
Exercise Programs to Reduce the Chance of Another Fall
If you are having concerns about your balance, or have already experienced a fall, it is important to speak with a physical therapist to perform and evaluation and develop a treatment strategy based on your unique situation and needs. One program that physical therapists offer is the OTAGO fall prevention exercise program. It has been shown to reduce falls up to 40% in the frail elderly population.
How to Get Up After a Fall
If you’re actually on the floor and reading all of this, take a moment now to call for help or 911 if no one is around. Try to take some deep breaths and relax. Try moving your arms and legs to see if anything has been injured. If you’re still wondering how to get up from the floor, here’s a video that might help.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU BEST?
We provide the latest in fall-prevention treatment including the OTAGO fall prevention program.
Avoid driving to a clinic and get the individualized care you deserve. We work with many conditions ranging from post-stroke, Parkinson’s to rotator cuff dysfunction and much more. Contact us for details.
After Home Health
We can improve care continuity by providing in home therapy even after you have been discharged by a Home Health agency. Avoid the hassle of driving and continue to make progress towards your goals.
Joshua Cohen PT, MS
is originally from Illinois and a graduate of Northern Illinois University as well as UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in PT and an MS in Human Movement Science. He is a fall prevention specialist and also provides general physical therapy as well as vestibular rehab. He serves the Pittsboro area.
Jennifer Lias MS, PT, OCS
is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has degrees in Exercise Physiology, Health and Rehab Science, and Physical Therapy. She also specializes in vestibular rehab and continues to teach college level courses as well. She serves the Asheville region.
Jennifer Harrison DPT
is a graduate of Elon University and has additional experience with back pain treatment, vestibular rehabilitation, and pelvic floor therapy. She serves the Clayton area.
Debra Bishop DPT
is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and has additional experience with fall prevention, resistance training, balance, and geriatric physical therapy. She serves the Cary area.
Kelly Swimm DPT
is a graduate of the University of Scranton and is certified in OTAGO fall prevention and has a wide array of geriatric PT experience. She serves the Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and Durham areas.
Kimberly Agatucci PT
is a graduate of University of Illinois – Chicago and has extensive experience in various therapy settings. She serves the Chapel Hill and Durham areas.
Charron Andrews PT
is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in Parkinson’s, fall prevention, and general geriatric therapy. She serves the Carrboro and Chapel Hill areas.
Our services are covered under Medicare Part B
And many other private and supplemental insurances.
CALL FOR DETAILS
Medicare Part B physical therapy is distinctly different from Home Health Physical Therapy, which is provided under Medicare Part A and has different regulations, such as the patient must be homebound. Under Medicare Part B, our goal is to maximize the patient’s rehab potential and we are not limited by homebound regulations. We can work with patients in the home even after Home Health has discharged them.
We file all insurance paperwork on behalf of the patient.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Contact Us by Phone, Email, or Fax
We’ll help you check your insurance benefits. You do not need to be homebound and you should not be currently receiving any other physical therapy or skilled nursing services in the home.
Schedule an Evaluation
Your therapist will contact you to plan a date, time and location that works best for you.
It’s That Easy!
We make it simple to get the care you need… and exceed your expectations while doing so.
Want to refer a patient?
You can use your standard prescription form, or print and fax this handy one we made.