Fall Prevention, More Essential Than One May Think

Posted on January 5, 2017 · Posted in Grand Oaks

It may or may not surprise you that millions of older adults fall annually. According to the Center for Disease Control or CDC, around 2.8 million (65 and older) adults are treated for fall-related injuries in emergency rooms each year. As these numbers continue to increase over time, it is apparent that fall prevention is not a mere precaution but an absolute necessity.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida offers a Fall Prevention program used to educate families on the best methods for preventing falls. The program provides the tools you or your loved one needs to remain healthy and independent. We utilize many of these tools here at Grand Oaks to help our residents avoid accidents and injuries.

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The program aims to educate and increase understanding regarding:

  • Chronic disease
  • Visual changes
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Potential hazards at home
  • Side effects of medications

In addition to educational tools, VNA of Florida offers physical and occupational therapy to help increase mobility and endurance, as well as improve balance and coordination skills. VNA Physical and Occupational Therapists can provide these services for you or a loved one at Grand Oaks in our health and wellness center or in the comfort of your suite.

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At Grand Oaks, we try to remove potential home hazards through the design of our communities. A few of the precautions we put into place include:

  • Single level suite floorplans
  • Grab bars in each bathroom
  • Elevators on every floor
  • Emergency call system in each room and common areas

In addition to the community safety measures, Grand Oaks residents benefit from a wide array of health services that can further assist in fall prevention. These include:

  • Licensed Nurse available or on-site 24 hours a day
  • Routine health and wellness assessments
  • Emergency call system responder on-site 24 hours a day
  • Transportation and accompaniment on all scheduled medical visits

If you or a loved one has need of fall prevention services at Grand Oaks, contact your Nurse Manager or call (772) 286-1844 to set up an appointment with a VNA Physical or Occupational Therapist.

Click here for more information on VNA of Florida’s Fall Prevention Program.