Fall Prevention

Contact Us

300 S. Prairieville St
PO Box 991
Athens, TX 75751

Toll Free: 877-596-3500
Phone: 903-677-3500
Fax: 903-677-4700

Office Hours:
M-F 9am - 4pm

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Education for patient and caregiver
  • Instruction on self-management of risk factors and disease process
  • Medication review and management
  • Home safety assessment and emergency education
  • Suggestions for home environment modifications
  • Therapeutic exercises for improving strength, balance, and endurance
  • Vision evaluation and referral for correction
  • Interdisciplinary care and nutritional support
  • Assessment of need for gait and safety devices
  • Restorative therapy (physical, occupational, speech)
  • Medical social services

Why the focus on fall prevention?

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are staggering: More than 16,000 adults aged 65 and older die each year from injuries related to falls; almost 2 million others are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries from falls, and more than a fourth of these patients are hospitalized. Many patients who fall often suffer hip fractures or other physical trauma and never return to their pre‐fall level of function.

How important is it to be educated about fall prevention?

Falls are not just the result of getting older. Many falls can be prevented. Seniors who stay educated on fall prevention may significantly reduce their risk of taking a spill and landing in the hospital.

What steps can I take to reduce my fall risk?

  • Begin a regular exercise program.
  • Make your home safer.
  • Have your vision checked.
  • Have your healthcare provider review your medicines.

How do I make my home safer?

About half of falls occur at home. Follow these suggestions to make your home safer:

  • Remove clutter from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you often use in easy reach (without needing a stepstool).
  • Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Lampshades or frosted bulbs can reduce glare.
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
  • Wear shoes that give good support and have thin, nonslip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.

Who needs a fall prevention evaluation?

If you suffer from the following diseases and health conditions, you are more susceptible to falling and will greatly benefit from our fall prevention evaluation:

  • Neuropathy (lack of sensation in feet or lower legs)
  • Inner ear problems or vertigo
  • Arthritis
  • Pain on movement
  • Inappropriate use of devices to aid walking
  • Cardiovascular disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dehydration
  • COPD
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Vision: Our vision is to simply exceed the quality and service expectations of those we serve…

Philosophy: Our philosophy is providing patient care to the best of our ability in an effort to promote healing while maintaining respect through teamwork…

Mission Statement: Outstanding Service with Integrity.