Elmcroft Senior Living residents enjoy a lifestyle that allows them to live as fully and safely as possible. Part of that lifestyle is our commitment to assure safe mobility, even as residents’ physical abilities change. Because changes in vision, strength and balance, medications, and medical condition can all increase the chance of falling, we work proactively to provide residents with practical strategies to keep them safe and active. Our Walking Tall Fall Awareness program delivers customized care and intervention to equip our residents with the tools they need to reduce fall risk.
What Is Walking Tall?
Elmcroft’s Walking Tall Fall Awareness program is designed to improve safe mobility around our community and help our residents live as safely and independently as possible. If Walking Tall is determined to be a good fit for a resident, we work together to increase their fall prevention knowledge, assess their living environment for fall risk and introduce steps designed to reduce falls and improve their health and well-being.
How Walking Tall Works
Our Resident Services Director will complete an assessment of each resident once they move in – and every six months after a fall – to determine if the Walking Tall program is a good fit. If so, the interdisciplinary team will create an individualized Walking Tall intervention plan. This plan is designed to reduce the number of falls experienced and to maintain a healthier and safer environment for all residents. This plan may include:
Review of assistive devices
Assessment of the living area and environment
Review of medications
Recommendations for balance and strength exercises
Evaluation of vision and inner ear for balance and coordination issues
Families are also urged to participate through educational in-service programs to better understand why their loved one may be at an increased risk of falling and how they can be part of the Walking Tall solution.
Benefits of Walking Tall at Elmcroft Communities
Elmcroft assisted living and personal care communities are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each of our residents. Walking Tall is just another way we take a proactive approach to resident wellness. Walking Tall delivers important benefits, including:
Enhanced awareness of residents’ potential for falling
Changing behavior to prevent falls
Improved quality of life