Reducing fall risk among the elderly
Older Americans represent more than one-third of all hospital injury admissions, and more than 80 percent of these injuries are caused by accidental falls.
Somewhere today a person over the age of 65 will likely fall – with serious consequence. Older Americans represent more than one-third of all hospital injury admissions, and more than 80 percent of these injuries are caused by accidental falls. To make matters worse, many older people have a strong fear of falling, adopting a more sedentary lifestyle that weakens them further and, ironically, increases their chances of falling. And studies have shown that once there has been a fall, the likelihood of reoccurrence increases.
Identifying fall risk – before a fall
Early intervention is key to snapping the cycle. That’s where NeuroCom solutions come in. Based on technology originally developed in conjunction with NASA, NeuroCom’s suite of balance and mobility solutions is unsurpassed in its ability to identify the sensory and motor risk factors at the heart of balance. It is high-value data that can uncover who’s at risk for falling and why when it matters most: before they fall or before another fall occurs.
Technology from the leader
NeuroCom is the industry leader in developing cutting-edge technologies that accurately identify the underlying impairments that can lead to balance problems. From affordable, portable solutions such as VSR™ to the gold-standard NeuroCom SMART EquiTest®, the company’s balance assessment solutions are used in more than 90 percent of the top hospitals in the United States, as well as by leading health care and research institutions worldwide.
Better data. Better decisions.
Count on objective, evidence-based information from NeuroCom’s family of balance management solutions to:
- Improve senior outcomes: Does Grandma lose her balance as a result of surface changes and irregularities? How much does she rely on vision as a function of balance? What are her limits of stability when it comes to performing daily activities and how do you compare to the expected values for her age? NeuroCom pinpoints the source of balance issues – be it somatosensory, visual, vestibular or motor control aspects – enabling clinicians to create customized rehabilitative programs that address them.
- Increase strength and confidence: Dynamic visual biofeedback on NeuroCom’s SMART EquiTest systems, as well as step-up-and-over, rhythmic weight shifting, and walk across utilizing the long force plate of the Balance Master® solutions all increase a patient’s mobility, strength and confidence, resulting in fewer falls.
- Put the care team on the same page: Everyone has access to the common data set in order to judge the effectiveness of rehabilitative treatment. •
- Bottom line: Prevent falls and increase the quality of life for millions of aging Americans.
“The biggest problem for older people is that their balance issues cause them to restrict activities, which leads to more weakness and puts them at greater risk for falls.” – Kevi Ames, PT, DPT
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