LECOM Health Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County

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falls_web2ReadySteadyGo is an individualized, multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of home care eligible patients who have fallen or have been identified at risk for falls. The Team is made up of Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. Our team is helping patients with medication management, strengthening, endurance, balance, gait difficulties, and home modifications.

  • 2 months no charge Philips Lifeline Personal Response system that can call for help even if you can’t
  • Specific and individually tailored for Homecare eligible elderly in Erie County
  • Our program can be used wherever you call home; your house, assisted living  or personal care facility
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy – specially trained and certified individualized balance and strengthening program.
  • Individualized home and activity modifications, Yoga and other contemporary treatments
  • Fall risk assessment encompassing 9 different parameters

 

 

For more information about the VNA’s ReadySteadyGo Fall Prevention Program, ask for Emily Kaminske, MS, OTR/L Rehab Coordinator of the VNA of Erie County.

Phone: 814.454.2831 or 1.800.441.6821

Email: ekaminske@erievna.org

 

falls2Falls among the elderly are one of the main reasons people over 65 go to the hospital. Besides the pain and loss of life, the economic cost in the United States is in the tens of billions of dollars annually from falls that are in most cases preventable. The Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County is seeking to reduce the number of falls in the elderly with the ReadySteadyGo Fall Prevention Program.

Preventable falls are the number one reason people over 65 are admitted to the hospital every year. The Fall Prevention Program can have a significant effect on local elderly lives. In 2013, 25,500 elderly died from preventable falls. There are 258,000 hip fractures annually. In home falls are also expensive: they have an annual cost of over $30 billion dollars*.

ReadySteadyGo is an individualized, multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of home care eligible patients who have fallen or have been identified at risk for falls. The Team is made up of Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. Our team is helping patients with medication management, strengthening, endurance, balance, gait difficulties, and home modifications. We will address all possible reasons for falls and focus on treatments to reduce the risk of falling, including patient and family education on hydration, balance, simple home modifications and other common reasons for falling in the elderly.

 

Features:

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The Otago exercise program is a researched based exercise program that addresses strength, balance and endurance. Our VNA physical therapists have received specialized training and are certified to implement the Otago exercise program.

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All patients are provided with a comprehensive medication evaluation to ensure that they are taking their medications as prescribed to reduce the risk of falls. Numerous medications, such as blood pressure medication, can cause dizziness especially when standing up.

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A Home Modification checklist is completed with our patients and recommendations are provided to the patient and family. The checklist includes recommendations for changes to the home environment, such as the addition of grab bars or railings and removal of throw rugs.

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Contemporary ideas to treatment such as Yoga are being added into the program as well. It is important to address the entire person and value the benefits that contemporary treatments have to offer.

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Our program is offering 2 months of Lifeline Personal Response Systems to our patients enrolled in the Fall Prevention Program at no charge to the patient. Response time to a fall is one of the biggest factors on how serious the long term issues will be. Lifeline provides an immediate response for the elderly.

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As part of our efforts to reduce falls in the home, we will be providing a VNA nightlight to each participant. Improved lighting to maximize the visual environment will help patients to see obstacles in their way.

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The VNA will be providing a water bottle for improved hydration to all eligible patients. Even mild dehydration can cause dizziness and confusion. Hydration is an important step to lower the risk for falls.

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All Erie VNA staff received specialized Fall Prevention training and the clinical staff participate in ongoing training. The demands on health care in the area of fall prevention is changing rapidly as more and more people realize how important fall prevention is.

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*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html