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Falls Prevention

worried that you might fall?

TAKE ACTION & PREVENT A FALL

keep you and loved ones safe

Have you fallen, or are you worried that you might fall?  Are you concerned that a friend, loved one or client is at risk?  If so, you are not alone.  Falls can happen anytime and anyplace, but most often they occur at home during everyday activities. The good news is that falls are NOT a normal part of aging and CAN be prevented.

It’s important to look at what might trigger a fall for you or someone you care about.

Check out this Falls Risk Survey from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

If you have 4 or more points, contact your healthcare provider for a complete falls risk screening, and check the links below for resources that can help you or someone you care about stay safe and independent.

After you’ve completed the checklist, make sure to take advantage of the available resources, such as falls prevention classes, to help you or someone you care about stay safe and independent. Some suggestions are below.

fall risk: know the facts

1 SECOND

An older adult falls every second of every day

1 IN 4

One in four older adults reported a fall in 2014

#1 CAUSE

Falls are the #1 cause of hip fractures.

LEARN TO STAY SAFE

falls prevention resources

eye care

CHECK YOUR VISION

Poor eyesight can lead to an increased chance of tripping, bumping into things and falling.

medication

REVIEW MEDICATION

Side effects from medicines can sometimes increase your chance of falling.

home safety

MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE

A cluttered or unorganized home can leave many items to trip, bump into or fall from.

exercise

START TO EXERCISE

weak muscles and joints can make you unsteady, increasing the chance of falling.

falls prevention task force

OUR TASK FORCE MEMBERS

Bill Huisheere

Chair, Falls Prevention Task Force

cheryl

Cheryl Wittke

Executive Director

hillman

Ashley Hillman

Falls Prevention Program Manager

charlie

Charlie Daniel

African American Opioid Coalition Founder; Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Dane County Falls Prevention Task Force Members:

  • Active Older Adults
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
  • Agrace Hospice
  • Capitol Physical Therapy
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin
  • Dane County Department of Emergency Management
  • Dane County Medical Society Board of Trustees
  • Dean Health Systems
  • Faith in Action of African American Council of Churches
  • Fitchburg Senior Center
  • Fitch-Rona EMS
  • FOX Rehabilitation
  • Hope and a Future
  • Madison Fire Department – Community Paramedic Program
  • Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)
  • Madison College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • Sharing Active Independent Lives (SAIL)
  • SSM Health
  • Safe Communities Madison-Dane County
  • United Way of Dane County
  • UnityPoint Health – Meriter
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  • University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Program
  • University of Wisconsin School of Nursing
  • University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
  • University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine
  • UW Health Faint & Falls Clinic
  • Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
  • Yahara Therapy, LLC
  • Yoga Community

RESOURCES

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RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.