VNA of Care New England's Fall Prevention Program is a personalized program designed to reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries for older adults.
A physical therapist completes a comprehensive assessment of the patient's risk factors and develops a plan specially tailored to each individual.The plan may include sending a physical or occupational therapist, nurse or home health aide to the home to help patients develop the necessary skills to minimize their risk factors. To qualify for this program patients must be referred by their physician and meet the criteria for skilled home care.
Fall Prevention Checklist
Where are the services provided?
All services are provided in the patient’s home – from the first visit, when a physical therapist completes a comprehensive assessment of risk-factors, through the final visit.
What will happen after the comprehensive assessment?
A team of medical experts will review the patient’s assessment provided by the physical therapist and create the best plan to reduce the risk factors for falling.
The plan may include sending a physical and/or occupational therapist, nurse or home health aide to the patient’s home to help develop the necessary skills to minimize their risk factors. A specially tailored plan is designed and implemented for each patient.
How long will the program last?
The length of the program depends upon the patient’s unique risk factors identified at the initial assessment. A health care provider from VNA of Care New England will contact the doctor and patient after the initial plan is complete and let them know what to expect. Ongoing plans will be discussed with the patient at each visit.
Who pays for this program?
Most insurance companies cover this falls prevention program.
How can a patient get started in the program?
For a patient who is not currently receiving home health care from VNA of Care New England, a doctor may request that the initial assessment be performed by calling the Intake Department at VNA of Care New England at (401) 737-6050.
For a patient who is already receiving home health care from VNA of Care New England, a nurse will contact the doctor to request permission to have the initial assessment completed.
For more information, contact VNA of Care New England and ask for the Intake Department, (401) 737-6050.