Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Services will include:
- Adult, Geriatric and Pediatric client screenings
- Comprehensive fall and injury risk screenings
- Fall Risk Modifications Strategies
- Individual and Group programs
- Health, wellness, and prevention promotion and education
- Client and caregiver training and education
- Outreach: health fairs, home and living assessments, community service opportunities, and engagement
- Referrals to appropriate medical and community resources and services
- Enhanced services anticipated with program development within the School of Health Sciences
- Community members, healthcare provider services, and referrals as the program expands to include but not limited to EMS, nursing, care homes, school-based programs, AOA programs, etc.
- Training and education of students: volunteers, research assistance, observations, supervised interactions and clinical experiences.
- Equipment vendor clinics and referrals as appropriate
Mental health, wound care, and pharmacy services are not provided at the Falls Prevention Center.
Why should we address fall risk and mobility issues?
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries of adults age 65 and older. Every day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 years old. More than 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. The number of childhood falls and fall-related injuries are unknown as usually fall-related childhood injuries are reported as concussions or broken bones.
In 2015, the emergency medical system (EMS) received 452 fall-related calls for Smyth County, Virginia. There is a need for collaborative efforts to develop prevention and management strategies to address fall risk factors in our community.
- Why are falls occurring?
- Who is affected?
- How can we prevent falls?
- How can we protect individuals from injury and life-changing events?
- What are effective strategies to promote independence, life skills, confidence, safety and well-being in our community?
The Fall Prevention Center’s goals are to engage sustainable community strategies to promote quality of life and health, education, outreach, and resources.