Free Falls Risk Assessment to be held at DGH

Shore Health System will be offering a free fall risk assessment screening on Tuesday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dorchester General Hospital, 300 Byrn Street in Cambridge.

The screening, which will be conducted by physical therapists, will include a quick functional performance test to assess an individual’s balance and risk for falling. Participants will receive a fall prevention checklist and a report of test results that they can discussed with their primary care physician.

According to the CDC, many falls can be prevented. There are four things individuals can do to prevent falls: begin a regular exercise program to increase strength, balance and coordination; review prescription and over-the-counter medications with a healthcare provider to identify side effects and medication interactions that may cause sleepiness or dizziness; complete a vision screening as poor or limited vision that may be caused by wearing the wrong glasses or developing conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts; and evaluate the home environment for fall hazard, including cluttered pathways, throw rugs, out-of-reach items and poor lighting.

The fall risk assessment screening is being offered by Shore Health System in partnership with Pleasant Day Adult Day Care, the Dorchester County Health Department and Choptank Community Health Services. For more information, call 410-228-5511 or 410-822-1000, ext. 2111.