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STEADI - Is Our Goal

Wednesday, July 11th 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Horizon Lodge, Conrad, MT

(Updated: 7/16/18)

PMC hosted a “Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention” presentation and coffee social at the Horizon Lodge on Wednesday, July 11. During the presentation, members of the PMC Nursing Staff, EMS, and Rehab Department met with small groups and individuals to discuss fall prevention strategies, perform personal fall risk assessments and blood pressure checks, as well as answer questions.


Dustin Newcombe, Occupational Therapist at PMC stated, “It’s easier to prevent these injuries, build muscle strength and balance before an injury occurs.”


The presentation and assessment followed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “STEADI Initiative.” The STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative provides resources “that can help your healthcare team make fall prevention part of routine care. STEADI includes a clinical algorithm, screening tools, educational materials, continuing education, and clinical decision support for clinician’s electronic health record systems.” The presentation also included additional resources PMC offers that may aid in reducing falls, including:


  • Rehab Services including Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

  • Home Health

  • Rural Health Clinic with Primary Care Services and Annual Medicare Exams

  • Foot Care Clinic

  • Swing Bed Admissions

  • Long Term Care

What can you do to reduce your fall risk?

After a fall risk assessment is complete, your healthcare provider may recommend a combination of the following intervention techniques/treatments: education, vitamin D and/or calcium supplements, strength and balance exercise programs, physical therapy to improve gait, strength, and balance, education on managing and monitoring hypotension and other health conditions, medication management, tips for a safer home, home safety evaluation, and addressing foot or vision impairments.


Stephanie Keil-Harris, Speech-Language Pathologist, Rehabilitation Director concluded, “We appreciated the opportunity to present at Horizon Lodge. It was a nice afternoon to share our expertise and meet with our neighbors in the community.”


If you missed this event and would like to join us at the next one, stay tuned. We are expecting to offer another free STEADI event this fall.


(Original Article)

Pondera Medical Center is hosting a “Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention” presentation and coffee social. The social will begin at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, July 11 with coffee and an information presentation at the Horizon Lodge in Conrad. Following the presentation, members of the PMC Nursing Staff, EMS, and Rehab Department will be meeting with small groups (or individually) to perform personal fall risk assessments and blood pressure checks, as well as answer questions for all attendees. This event is free and highly recommended for anyone that is 65 years old or older, and/or for caregivers of people that are 65 years or older.


The presentation and assessment will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “STEADI Initiative.” The STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative offers “a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ clinical practice guideline for fall prevention.” STEADI consists of three core elements which will be addressed during the presentation: Screen, Assess, and Intervene to reduce fall risk.


What are the risk factors?

The CDC states, “More than one out of four people 65 and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries.” The risk of falls and injury increase depending on the following factors:

  • Advanced age

  • History of previous falls

  • Muscle weakness

  • Gait & balance difficulties

  • Poor vision

  • Postural hypotension

  • Chronic conditions including: arthritis, stroke, incontinence, diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia

  • Fear of falling

  • Lack of stair handrails, Poor stair design, Lack of bathroom grab bars

  • Dim lighting or glare, Obstacles & tripping hazards, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Improper use of assistive device

  • Psychoactive medications

What can we do to manage the risk?

After a fall risk assessment is complete, your healthcare provider may recommend a combination of the following intervention techniques/treatments: education, vitamin D and/or calcium supplements, strength and balance exercise programs, physical therapy to improve gait, strength, and balance, education on managing and monitoring hypotension and other health conditions, medication management, tips for a safer home, and addressing foot or vision impairments.


Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.



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