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7 Simple Tips to Winterize your Older Adults!

Women helping senior up a flight of stairs

This post is written by Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS Chair, APTA’s AGPT Balance & Falls SIGLead. The post originally appeared in the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy/APTA group and is reprinted with her permission. As winter approaches, the risk of falls to you, your families and your patients grows. Please help us to be proactive as a profession to prevent that first fall! Remember, when you treat an injury from a fall to also treat the reason for the fall! Here are seven simple steps that YOU can take today to make a big impact on falls … Continue reading

Medbox Medication Assessment: Reducing Preventable ER Trips Through Patient Empowerment

According to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 40 percent of visits to the emergency room (ER) by nursing facility residents were “potentially preventable.” With a heightened focus on reducing those preventable trips to the ER, one area that comes under scrutiny is that of medication management. Self-administration of medication is an area that is frequently overlooked when attempting to reduce the amount of preventable trips to the ER. Often, elderly clients have several physicians and specialists who all have prescribed one or more medications to manage chronic conditions. Sometimes the sheer amount of medications can … Continue reading