Injury Prevention and Community Education

Senior Falls Initiative

One of Henry Ford Hospital’s top priorities is patient safety. The Senior Falls Initiative (SFI) is designed to help seniors remain as independent as possible after a fall and to help prevent them from falling in the future.

  • One third of the people over the age of 65 have at least one fall per year.
  • Two thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • Staying free from falls can help you remain independent and avoid the need to enter a long-term care facility.

Patients are identified upon admission to our trauma service for care of injuries sustained as a result of a fall and are then enrolled into the Senior Falls Initiative. Their care will be provided by a multidisciplinary team which could include Trauma Surgeons, other consulting services, and Geriatricians who specialize in the health care of adults over the age of 65. A Pharmacist performs a medication review to identify interactions and side effects; and calcium and Vitamin D levels could be checked to ensure strong bones. Physical and Occupational Therapists assess cognition, strength, balance, and make proper post-acute recommendations. In coordination with case management these patients are then discharged to post-acute rehabilitation facilities or home with Henry Ford Hospital Home Health Care (HFHHC).

Once the patient is home, they continue to be monitored as part of the Senior Falls Initiative. HFHHC physical therapists conduct a home safety evaluation and establish an exercise program to help improve the patient’s strength and coordination. These patients are encouraged to follow-up with a Geriatrician at the Assessment Center for Seniors (ACS) at Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage. The center offers skilled health care professionals focused on the unique needs of older adults. The team at ACS offers complete medical and support services to better manage your health and improve your quality of life.

Senior Safety Fair

Henry Ford Hospital Trauma Services will hold their 2nd Annual “Senior Safety Fair, Maintaining an Active and Healthy Lifestyle” on September 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. -1:50 p.m. The fair is for senior citizens seeking information on how to stay healthy, active, and independent. Our speakers are experts in health, wellness, safe sleep,dietary, pharmaceuticals, physical and visual rehabilitation, driving safety and senior community living. There will be information tables with experts to assist you with common health and safety issues along with a pharmacist to provide personal consultations. The fair is free of charge. Please join Henry Ford Hospital Trauma Services for a day of senior safety awareness. Registration will begin in the fall.To register please call (313) 916-6142 before September 23, 2016.

CPR, First Aid and AED Training offered by Henry Ford Hospital Trauma Services

Henry Ford Hospital Trauma Services offer First Aid/CPR/AED training. There are two types of classes:

Family & Friends CPR training is free and taught along with life-saving first aid techniques. This class will not provide certification. Family & Friends CPR teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only™ CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching (PWW) technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Designed for large-scale community training events, participation will help increase bystander action in emergency situations -- and the number of people who survive sudden cardiac emergencies. This course is intended for members of the general public who would like to learn basic CPR, including families with children or elderly relatives or members of volunteer organizations. *requires a minimum of 8 participants

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED training is $40.00. This class will provide a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Heartsaver CPR is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking in an adult. This course is taught with or without the first aid portion, which covers medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies. This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is intended for individuals who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as airport personnel, firefighters or police officers. Course length is approximately 3 to 8 hours, with skills testing by an American Heart Association instructor during the course. *requires a minimum of 8 participants

*Classes are scheduled by request.

For more information please contact Dwana Bass at dbass9@hfhs.org or Julie Symons at jsymons1@hfhs.org.

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