EMS

Fall Prevention (FallScape)

Preventing falls is a quickly growing concern as the population ages. Each year, millions of older people, those 65 and older, fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. Thankfully, falls are not an inevitable part of aging actually, most falls can be prevented.

Barre Town EMS is proud to work with the Vermont Department of Health to offer FallScape, a fall prevention program. FallScape is a personalized, EMS-delivered  approach to preventing falls. A Barre Town EMS professional will sit down with you in your home to give you specific information about your health and how to prevent hazards to minimize your risk of falling. The FallScape program trains older adults to use everyday situations and tools to prevent falls and stay in their homes for longer. By using an approach that employs motivational interviewing and customizability, FallScape seeks to empower older adults to prevent falls. It consists of screening, a motivational interview, and point-of-view videos, and follow up phone calls that are customized according to the individual’s interview responses. Anyone who is concerned about falling in their home or is concerned about a loved one is eligible for this free program. By allowing the individual to cultivate knowledge of their own fall threats, they can stay in their homes for longer and retain quality of life.

Click here for more information on the FallScape Program

Click here for a FallScape Referral Form