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VNA unveils new Fall Prevention Program for Erie County Seniors




Ready-Steady-Go Erie VNA Fall Prevention


VNA unveils new Fall Prevention Program


ERIE, PA –Falls among the elderly are one of the main reasons people over 65 go to the hospital. In 2013 alone, 25,500 elderly died from preventable falls. The Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County seeks to reduce the number of falls among the elderly with its new comprehensive fall prevention program called Ready●Steady●Go.

Ready●Steady●Go 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. Our team is helping patients with medication management, strengthening, endurance, balance, gait difficulties, and home modifications. Program features include:


  • Specific and individually tailored Fall Prevention Program for Homecare eligible elderly in Erie County
  • Fall assessment encompassing 9 different parameters to fully address falls for each patient
  • Multi-disciplinary (SN, PT, OT) and personalized approach to Homecare and Fall Prevention
  • Skilled Nursing– Medication and pain management
  • Physical Therapy– specially trained and certified individualized balance and strengthening programs
  • Occupational Therapy– Individualized home and activity modifications, yoga and other contemporary treatments
  • Comprehensive educational material and training for all staff and patients.  Program to be utilized in all settings; wherever you call home (home, assisted living, personal care home)
  • Monitoring of outcomes on a quarterly basis


“This program is needed in Erie County because of our large elderly population;” Said Dan Desrochers Director of Development at the Erie VNA “Prevention saves lives. From proper hydration with a VNA water bottle to seeing better at night with a VNA night light, simple ideas can save lives.”


Ready-Steady-Go Erie VNA Fall Prevention Program