Did you know falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults? In fact, one third of Americans 65 years and older fall each year. However, older adults are not the only ones susceptible to falls. In 2009, falls were the number one reason for treatment at Northwest Community Hospital's Emergency Room for people over the age of 50. It is also the highest injury category for emergency medical service by the Arlington Heights Fire Department.
Falls can result in brain injury or hip fractures that necessitate admission to a long-term care facility, and one in 10 falls in older adults results in a broken bone. In 2005, the total cost of unintentional, nonfatal fall-related hospital admitted injuries for adults age 65 and older in the state of Illinois was approximately $4.2 billion.
These strong statistics have led the state of Illinois and the Village of Arlington Heights to recently proclaim September 23 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Click here for a patient flier with facts and tips on fall prevention and to learn more about NCH's Falls Screening Clinic that will be held on September 23.
In addition, the following NCH services may be appropriate to refer your patients who are prone to falls. To learn more about these services and how they can assist your patients, please click the department links or call the appropriate contact noted below.
The Wellness Center
Tania Hills, Group Exercise coordinator, 847.618.3513
Services include, but are not limited to: Independent Exercise, Group Exercise, Special Programs and Personal Training.
Physical Rehabilitative Services (PRS)
Karen McCauley, director of PRS, 847.618.3560
Services require a physician order and include a wide variety of programs including, but not limited to: Gait and Balance Training, Vestibular [inner ear/balance], Pelvic Floor and Low Vision Therapy.
NCH Home Care Services
NCH Home Care Services main number, 847.618.7800
Services require a doctor's order. NCH Home Care professionals perform home safety reviews and medication management in coordination with the ordering physician, among other home healthcare services.
Questions or additional needs? Please call Maureen Seleski, NCH Senior Services/Health Aging manager, at 847.618.7450.