|Use the following questions to help determine if you or your loved one is at risk for falling. It is best to get help before you have a fall. If you have had one or more falls in the past month or experienced some of the below symptoms, it is very important to let your doctor know.
- Do I get dizzy when I turn my head suddenly?
- Do I ever fall back into my chair when attempting to stand?
- Do I have a loss of sensation in my feet or legs?
- Do I have problems with my vision?
- Have I fallen more than once in the past year?
- Do I feel unsteady when I walk?
- Do I need to use my arms to assist as I get up from a chair?
- Do I have difficulty rising up on my toes to reach objects overhead?
- Have I ever sprained an ankle or broken a bone in my leg?
- Do I walk with a limp or depend on one leg more than the other?
- Do I fatigue easily after walking a few feet?
- Do I hold on to furniture as I walk through my home?
- Do I sway or feel unsteady immediately after I stand up?
- Do I shuffle my feet when I walk?
- Can I walk household distances?
- Do I need a cane or walker when I walk outside?
- Am I able to cross the street at a traffic light before the light turns red?
- Is it difficult to walk up a step?
- Do I have difficulty focusing when I go from a bright place to a darker one?
- Have I ever tripped or nearly fallen when I've gotten up to go to the bathroom at night?
- Do I have difficulty seeing the edge of throw rugs or objects in my path?
- Do I have difficulty seeing steps, stairs or curbs?
- Do I keep the lights low or use low wattage bulbs to save electricity?
- Have I had my eyes examined within the past year?
- Are there throw rugs or loose floor coverings anywhere in the home?
- Are electric cords, furniture or other objects in places where I could trip on them?
- Are stair railings loose or only on one side of the staircase?
- Are frequently used items in my kitchen hard to reach?
- Is it dark when I get up at night to go to the bathroom?
- Do I have trouble getting in and out of the bathtub/shower or on and off the toilet?
- Do I take more than four different medications in a day?
- Do I take medications without being aware of the purpose or potential side effects?
- Do I skip prescribed medications or dosages?
- Do I feel confused or sleepy after taking my medication?
- Do I get dizzy or light-headed when I get up suddenly?
Individuals who are already patients of Holy Redeemer’s HomeCare program, automatically receive a comprehensive screening and evaluation, complete with recommendations and an action plan. However, this innovative screening and assessment program is open to anyone with a physician’s order, and, in some cases, verification of homebound status and insurance approval
For more information, please call 1-888-678-8678.