Our staff will provide a simple survey along with a short standardized balance test to evaluate your balance. The results will be provided to you and your physician to review your risk factors and provide meaningful recommendations based on those results such as:

  • Medication Management
  • Education and Safety Tips
  • Physical Therapy
  • Or Other

This assessment and SafeBalance program may be administered to you one or more times depending on the necessity of measures and follow up during your ongoing care.



Home Safety Checklist

  • Always keep clutter and items off stairs
  • Fix loose and uneven steps inside and out
  • Have a friend or family member change light bulbs
  • Repair loose handrails and/or replace broken ones
  • Place a lamp close to the bed where it is easy to reach
  • Put in a nightlight so you can see where you’re walking at night
  • Remove clutter from walking paths
  • Remove throw rugs where possible
  • Pick up items off the floor and clean up spills quickly
  • Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall
  • Put a non-slip rubber mat on the floor of the tub or shower
  • Have grab bars put in next to and inside the tub and next to the toilet

Fall Risk & Medication Education

If you have been prescribed medication it is important to be aware of any side effects that can increase your risk of falling. Some of these side effects may include:

  • Change in vision and/or awareness
  • Loss of balance
  • Slower reaction time
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Muscle weakness and lack of coordination
  • Tiredness and sleepiness
  • Drop in blood pressure when standing
  • Lower alertness levels and concentration

Some simple precautions when taking any medication can yield positive and safe results. Take your time when changing positions, use an assistive device if recommended, avoid walking long-distances, and ask for assistance when and where needed.

Simple Chair Exercises to Improve Strength

Try this simple chair exercise for 10-15 reps!

  1. Sit towards the front of a sturdy chair with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Rest your hands lightly on the seat on either side of you, keeping your back and neck straight, and chest slightly forward.
  3. Breathe in slowly. Lean forward and feel your weight on the front of your feet. Breathe out and slowly stand up using your hands as little as possible.
  4. Pause for a full breath, continue to breathe slowly and sit down. Do not let yourself collapse back down onto the chair, rather control your lowering as much as possible.

Additional Educational Resources

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