Balance and Mobility
Falls Prevention and Falls Intervention Training
Effective In-Home Programs for Staying Strong, Vibrant and Independent
Fitness & Function has been providing in-home balance and mobility training with older adults in the privacy of their home since 2003. Since then we have helped many seniors regain their functional ability and regain their ability to live independently.
Fall Risk Screening can determine whether you are at increased risk for falling.
We utilize the CDC recommended STEADI Fall Risk Screening tool to determine fall risk. Balance and mobility assessments are conducted to determine what movements or conditions cause balance problems so that the appropriate exercise program can be designed.
There are many reasons why older adults have balance problems or why falls occur. That is why individuals need to get started with appropriate training when beginning to experience changes in balance or mobility and avoid waiting until a fall or injury occurs.
Award-Winning and Evidence-Based
Balance and Mobility Training Programs
Our personal trainers and physical therapists have received advanced training and certification in not just one, but several award-winning evidence-based balance, mobility training, falls prevention and intervention programs that have been endorsed by The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority.
Have you or a loved one experienced a stumble, trip, a fall, or near fall with or without injury? Have difficulty walking or trouble navigating through the home, or walking while holding onto furniture? Are you experiencing dizziness when getting up from bed or chair, dizziness while turning, have stiff muscles or joints, are you or a loved one avoiding activities?
When your answer is YES, immediate intervention is necessary, there is no time to waste.
Falls are the # 1 reason older adults lose their independence. One out of every four older adults 65 years and older falls annually.
Multi-dimensional and multi-sensory balance and mobility exercise training are ideal for all populations from 55+ up throughout the continuum of care.
Health Equals Wealth
When we turn 65 years and are in ill health the expected cost to address our healthcare needs are $500,000.00. Maintaining our health well beyond age 65 with adequate function and fitness directly influences our quality of life and provides financial benefits.
The annual cost of longterm care in the United States is increasing at two or three times the rate of inflation.
A survey from Genworth Financial looks at the cost of care in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, adult day services and home care.
OPB reports that the median cost for longterm care in Oregon is $58,000 to $120,000. Per month cost ranges from $4800 to over $10,000 depending on the level of care, location and amenities
When you or a loved one is experiencing balance and mobility problems, muscle weakness and /or frailty, exercise intervention needs to start the sooner the better. Even at advanced age (90+ years of age) people can make improvements in function, health and fitness. An exercise program should be modified throughout the aging and/or disease process to allow you to age in place.
Remaining independent with appropriate exercise
Personalized trainingtwo to three times a week costs about $700 to $1,200 per month. That is a savings of $3,300 to $8,800 per month that you do not need to spend for and assisted living facility.
Delay The Disease: The # 1 Parkinson's Exercise Program
Delay the Disease is an evidence-based exercise program specifically developed for Parkinson's Disease patients to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's. Delay The Disease was developed at OhioHealth. We work with clients in beginning to advanced stages of Parkinsons's Disease. We provide personal training and private physical therapy in the reduction of Parkinson's symptoms, optimize physical function and fitness and help clients stay independent and functionally mobile longer.
Most people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) have additional medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, balance problems, etc.) for whom an interdisciplinary exercise training and wellness program will be created. The exercise program needs to be sustained and modified throughout the aging and disease process(es) to provide a safe and effective exercise experience, and to provide maximal benefit for all medical conditions.
Delayed The Disease Exercise like most exercise training programs needs to be sustained and modified throughout the aging process and disease progression to maintain maximal benefit.
Four of our health and fitness professionals received certification in the #1 Parkinson's Exercise Program; 'Delay The Disease' and with individualized and specific exercise training we help clients :
Move about with ease and confidence in a crowd
Get out of bed or rise from a chair independently
Diminish worry that stiffness, slow steps, and other symptoms are obvious
Regain a sense of moving with normality
FallProof™ Balance and Mobility Training Program
Multi dimensional and multi-sensory exercise training
FallProof™ participants have shown significant improvements in balance, lower body strength, functional mobility, balance related self-confidence, and has proven to reduce the risk factors that contribute to falls. FallProof™ developed at the Center for Successful Aging at California State University Fullerton, was awarded "Best Practice" program for fall reduction programming by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
FallProof™ Balance and Mobility program is specifically tailored to each of our client's and their specific balance disorder.
FallProof™ is suitable for the older adult who has noticed or experienced a change in balance or increasing balance problems, and/or had a near fall, or experienced a fall with or without injury, and who is living independently.
FallProof™ Adult Health Day-Care is suitable for the older adult at high risk for falling, is frail, uses a walker or cane, has history of falls, and has moderate to severe decreased strength and balance due to multiple risk factors. This FallProof level program is also beneficial for the adult who requires assistance in activities of daily living (ADL's) and who required around the clock care.
'Stay Well At Home' Program
The Stay Well At Home program is a 6-month long program that is aimed to empower the older adult there by enabling him/her to make necessary behavior changes and manage his/her own fall risk and thus reduce the risk factors that contribute to falls. Stay Well At Home was developed by the leaders in older adult exercise at the Center for Successful Aging - California State University - Fullerton.
Stay Well At Home begins with an initial baseline screening and assessment, followed with in-home personalized exercise training that gradually tapers down to phone consultations and independent exercise. The program includes all resources including exercise program binder, exercise DVD's and exercise materials.
Stay Well At Home is beneficial for older adults 65 and older at risk for falling and/or a history falls with and without injury.
Tai Chi-Movement for Better Balance
Movement for Better Balance a simplified eight-form Tai Chi program endorsed by The Oregon Health Authority.
Research shows that Tai Chi is effective in reducing falls among relatively healthy but sedentary older adults at low-to-moderate levels of fall risk. Private and small group training programs can be provided.
Stepping On- 7-Week Small Group Workshop
This 7-week Building Confidence and Reducing Falls in Older Adults workshop developed by the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging is a multi-faceted falls-prevention group program with a 3-month booster session that has shown to reduce the risk of falls by 31% in older adults.
This workshop is suitable for independent living older adults who can walk without the help of another person or walker. Because the rate of falls in Oregon is 70% higher than the national average, the State of Oregon has recognized the value of this program and is endorsed by The Oregon Health Authority.
We can instruct the Stepping On workshop at various locations such as independent living communities, senior centers, clinics and hospitals. Three of our health and fitness team members have received the training which was sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority.
Otago is a 12-month in-home exercise program anto prevent falls in older adults and is provided by a certified physical therapist. It is suitable and most effective for older adults 80 years or older, who have had fallen within the last year, and have moderate to severe decreased strength and balance due to multiple risk factors.
Afraid of a Fall? The Dutch Have a Solution
You may have read the 1/3/2018 article in the NY Times "Afraid of a Fall? The Dutch Have a Solution". Exercises and obstacle courses in this falls prevention training method mentioned in this article are very similar as the training we do with our clients to better prepare older adults for living longer, staying independent longer, being more vibrant and preventing falls from happening. The FallProof Balance and Mobility Program is living proof of this.
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