Balance & Fall Prevention

Our balance is comprised of 3 systems working together: our eyes, ears, and body which all send information to the brain which is then interpreted about where we are in space. When 1 or more of these systems is working incorrectly we are at a risk for falls.

As we age, the occurrence of slips and falls becomes more common. According to the CDC, an elderly adult is treated in the ER for a fall every 11 seconds, and an elderly adult dies every 19 minutes from a fall. Aging is inevitable and with that comes deteriorating muscle strength, weakened immune systems, and imbalance issues. For these reasons, a slip or fall suffered by the elderly can prove to have devastating consequences.

In addition to the harm caused by a physical fall, it's important to account for the harmful effects a fall can have on the psyche. The idea of falling becomes a constant fear and can result in increased self-restriction, resulting in seniors becoming more dependent on others and subsequently decreasing mobility over time. As such, fall prevention is an essential aspect for senior care. Addressing balance problems reduces the risk of falls through all populations.

Signs of Balance Issues

• Unable to stand on 1 leg for 5 seconds
• Difficulty getting up from a chair
• Unable to sit slowly into a chair

• Turns are extremely slow or unsteady
• Walking is unsteady

• Short, shuffling steps
• Does not have upright posture

Elderly Fall Risk Factors

Because seniors are so exposed to slips and falls, it's important to understand the risk factors that cause them. Risk factors can include:

• Medication Use
• A Previous Fall

• Vestibular Impairment
• Visual Impairment

• Decreased Sensation
• Increased Age

If an elderly relative or friend suffers from any of the mentioned risk factors, have them evaluated by their medical team to better understand the severity of symptoms.

Elderly Fall Prevention Tips

Implementing preventive measures is the best way to reduce the risk of a slip or fall and this can start with something as easy as making your home more senior friendly. This includes:

• Home safety changes - rearrange furniture, remove hazards like throw rugs
• Install grab bars or rails in bathrooms and stairs
• Balance & Strength Retraining
• Vestibular Rehabilitation
• Stretching Routines

Our at-home Balance Recovery Kit was designed by a physical therapist to encompass all aspects of fall recovery including work on the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems that contribute to your overall balance.

Balance & Fall Prevention Resources

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Balance & Fall Prevention FAQs

Identifying balance issues can be done within the senior’s home environment. The best way to do so is by watching them move around their space. Timing the speed of movement is a key identifier for fall risk. Have the senior stand up from a chair for 30 seconds while counting the time they can stand up. If it is less than 10 times they may have balance issues. While it may seem like a simple test we would be looking at the coordination, reaction time, and motor control and a problem in these areas can cause balance issues.

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Balance & Fall Prevention Kit
Balance & Fall Prevention Kit
Balance & Fall Prevention Kit
Balance & Fall Prevention Kit

Balance & Fall Prevention Kit

Easy to follow home exercises to address imbalance. The exercises focus on targeting the vestibular, visual, and somatosensory systems which all contribute to our balance. Developed by a physical therapist with a board certified neurologic clinical specialty. 
  • 15 Vestibular Exercises
  • Balance Journal
  • VIZSTIM Balance Program
  • 4 Floor Markers for Balance Exercises
  • Resistance Band
  • VIZSTIM Instruction Cards
  • 1 Card Holder 
  • 1 Magnet
  • Access to videos of each exercise included with purchase
  • Free Domestic Shipping
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Additional Balance Journal
Additional Balance Journal

Additional Balance Journal


Stand Alone Journal to Track 100 Days of Balance Training

Customized Pages to Follow VIZSTIM Balance Program

Daily Notes for Hydration, Sleep, and Pain