RIC at Silver Cross offers free Fall Risk & Balance Screenings in October
New Lenox, IL (September 24, 2012)— Dangers around the home cause as many as 10 million emergency department trips in the U.S. each year, according to the Home Safety Council. And falls are the most common fatal injury in the home -- especially among the elderly.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross will be providing free fall and balance screenings this October. Individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening.
“Since falling is the leading cause of injury deaths among people over the age of 65 and the leading cause of doctor visits, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits, it is important to determine if you are at risk,” says Matthew Boebel, Administrative Director for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital.
Appointments are available on Tuesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 11 at Silver Cross Hospital Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Call (815) 300-7110 to schedule an appointment. They will also be held on Wednesday, October 17 at both the Silver Cross Professional Building, 1051 Essington Rd., Joliet which can be reached at (815) 300-6580 and the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W 143rd St., Homer Glen, call (815) 300-6288 to register.
According to RIC at Silver Cross, there are numerous safety measures you can take to prevent slips and falls in your home:
- Stairways should have handrails on both sides.
- Attach safety treads to steps.
- Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs, furniture, and clutter from walkways.
- Use self-adhesive non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs, showers, and pools.
- Use non-skid rugs on bathroom floors.
- Use non-skid pads under rugs on bare floors.
- Install grab bars on both sides of toilets and bathtubs, especially on those used by seniors.
Falls are especially dangerous for the elderly. The Center for Disease Control says more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. And the consequences are great, seniors suffer from 360,000 to 480,000 fall-related fractures each year.
Researchers say the risks of seniors falling are greater if they have lower body weakness, problems with walking and balance, or are taking four or more medications. To reduce their risk, elderly people should get regular exercise to increase their lower body strength and improve balance.
About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings at four locations. For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 300-7110 or visit www.silvercross.org.
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).