Falls involving elders can have catastrophic effects including death. There are many variables associated with falls, but the most accurate prognosticator is a history of falls. Falls have been shown to impact one-third of community dwelling persons and fifty percent of institutionalized populations.
Although gravity is a constant, the triggers for a fall are dynamic. Falls result from a combination of variables including; visual impairment, equilibrium disturbances, weakness, decreased sensory apparatus, medication effects, degenerative neurological processes, environmental hazards, cognitive deficits and the actual fear of falling.
No disability prevention and management program is complete unless it addresses this epidemic especially, since there are more than 79 million baby boomers entering retirement age and the fastest growing demographics involve persons over eighty years.
D+WC offers evidence-based fall risk assessment and interventions to reduce the human and financial suffering associated with falls. These services are offered to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, adult day care centers, life care communities, and other elder settings.