Fall Prevention

In-home Fall Prevention Treatment

Synaptic provides tailored, evidence-based fall prevention approaches personalized to each patient’s unique needs. Our team of highly trained and experienced therapists specializes in working with older adults and has extensive experience in fall prevention and rehabilitation. We work closely with each patient to develop a comprehensive fall prevention plan that includes exercises, education on home modifications and safety, and assistive devices if needed. Our therapists provide compassionate care and are dedicated to helping patients reduce their risk of falls and improve their overall quality of life.

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We strive to empower patients to take an active role in their own fall prevention by providing education and resources, as well as ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.


We start by conducting a thorough assessment to identify any existing fall risk factors, including physical, environmental, and medication-related factors.

Individualized Plan

We develop a customized plan that includes exercises to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, education on home modifications and safety, and assistive devices if needed.

What is Fall Prevention therapy?

Fall prevention therapy is a type of physical therapy that aims to reduce the risk of falls in older adults and people with balance or mobility issues. It typically involves a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s risk factors for falling, such as muscle weakness, poor balance, medications, and home hazards, among others. Based on the evaluation, the therapy may include exercises to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, as well as education on fall prevention strategies and modification of the individual’s living environment to reduce the risk of falls. The goal of fall prevention therapy is to improve an individual’s safety and independence and to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

  1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve balance, strength, and flexibility, which can reduce the risk of falls. Some recommended exercises for fall prevention include tai chi, yoga, and resistance training.
  2. Wear appropriate footwear: Make sure to wear well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
  3. Remove tripping hazards: Remove or secure rugs, loose cords, and other tripping hazards from your living space.
  4. Use assistive devices: Use assistive devices like canes, walkers, and handrails to help with balance and stability.
  5. Improve lighting: Make sure that all areas of your home are well-lit, especially in hallways, staircases, and entrances.
  6. Review medications: Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that they are not increasing your risk of falls.
  7. Get regular vision check-ups: Regular vision check-ups can help detect any vision problems that may increase the risk of falls.
  8. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness and increase the risk of falls, so drinking enough water throughout the day is important.
There are several fall prevention interventions that a patient can do themselves, including exercise programs, home modifications, and medication reviews. However, it’s important to consult a Synaptic Rehab therapist for personalized recommendations and guidance on implementing these interventions. Our therapists can help assess your fall risk and create a tailored plan to address your specific needs and goals.

While physical therapy and occupational therapy approach fall prevention from different angles, they share a common goal of reducing fall risks and improving the quality of life for patients.

Physical therapy focuses on improving physical function, strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility through exercises and other interventions. Occupational therapy, on the other hand, focuses on promoting functional independence and adapting to daily activities. This may involve assessing the patient’s home environment and making modifications to reduce fall risks, as well as providing education on strategies for completing daily activities safely and efficiently.

Despite these differences, there is a significant overlap between the two disciplines in fall prevention. Both physical therapy and occupational therapy interventions can be effective in reducing fall risks by improving strength, balance, mobility, and overall function. By working together, physical therapists and occupational therapists can provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to fall prevention that addresses each patient’s unique needs and risk factors. Ultimately, the goal of both disciplines is to help patients live safely and independently in their own homes.



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