Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65. Each year one in three seniors over the age of 65 experiences at least one fall. Each year one in two seniors over the age of 80 experiences a fall. Most falls occur in the home. Clutter and other tripping hazards, poor balance, weakness and distractions can all cause a person to stumble and fall. A fall can be serious enough to cause permanent (lifelong) injury and threaten your quality of life. Don’t become part of this statistic.
Some people become so afraid of falling (or after an actual fall) they stop doing activities they used to enjoy. Physical and Occupational Therapists are experts in mobility and motion; we will help you know what to do to prevent falls, modify your home to stay safe, and increase your strength and flexibility. The Physical and Occupational Therapy team at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor would like to ensure that you can safely do the things you want to and need to do. We would like to share the following tips to help you stay safe and active in your home and community:
- 1. Remove clutter in your home, and walk carefully when there are potential hazards such as throw rugs and pets underfoot.
- 2. Never stand on chairs or similar items to get something you can’t reach. Ask for help, or use a sturdy stool with hand rail or ladder.
- 3. Do not use towel bars, sink edges etc. for support because they could come away from the wall.
- 4. Use night light in the bedroom and bathroom.
- 5. Immediately wipe spills off the floor and use a rubber backed bathmat to prevent the bathroom floor from getting wet. Even a small amount for water can lead to a slip.
- 6. Stay active to maintain overall strength, endurance and balance.
- 7. Know your limitations. If there is a task you cannot easily complete, do not risk a fall by trying to do it.
- 8. Have your rehab team assess you for appropriate assistive devices such as canes and walkers.
- 9. If you are getting up from sitting, rise slowly, count to 10 before starting to walk. This allows you to get your “bearings.”
- 10. Avoid rushing, even if the telephone is ringing, or someone is at the door; make sure you have your balance before starting to walk.
- 11. Consider having a call alert system, to summon help in a timely manner should a fall occur.
- 12. Make sure steps have sturdy railings.
- 13. Have regular medical checkups and eye exams
- 14. Maintain a healthy diet
- 15. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of your medications
- 16. Wear sturdy, non- skid shoes that fit appropriately
- 17. Always walk slowly and look for potential tripping hazards
- 18. Use the appliances suggested by your physical or occupational therapist such as canes, walkers, raised toilet seats, grab bars or dressing aides.
Risk factors for falls include:
- 1. History of previous falls
- 2. Balance problems
- 3. Muscle weakness
- 4. Vision Problems
- 5. Taking more than 4 medications or psychoactive medications
- 6. Difficulty with walking
Your health provider may review the following, should they note difficulties in an area, and they should refer to the rehab team.
- 1. Review medical history
- 2. Review medications
- 3. Simple vision test
- 4. Home safety assessment
- 5. Simple screen of your thinking abilities
- 6. Check your heart rate
- 7. Blood pressure measurements while you change positions (from sitting to standing)
- 8. Feet and footwear assessment
- 9. Assessment of any nervous system disorders such as a stroke or Parkinson disease
Your Rehab team will evaluate the following areas, and make recommendations to improve functioning.
- 1. Balance
- 2. Walking and moving
- 3. Doing more than one thing at the same time
- 4. Strength
- 5. Aerobic training
- 6. Education
- 7. Fear management
- 8. Educate on home program and/or community programs that are available
We can help! Please ask your health care provider for a referral to Physical and Occupational Therapy at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor to help you or your loved one lead a more safe and fulfilling life without falls. . We strive to provide “Coordinated Care, Close to Home”. Rehab services offered at the Granite Falls Hospital and Manor include: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. If you have questions, please contact Physical Therapy at 320-564-6243, and Occupational Therapy 320-564-6244.
We are pleased to announce our new Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nursing service at our facility. Registered Nurse, Cindy Cross, is an integral part of our WOCN service and will collaborate with each referred patient’s medical team for heightened communication, medical attention, and specific wound/ostomy treatment.
Our new Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (WOCN) service aims to restore patient confidence and uphold the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital focus on patient-centered care. Our goal at Granite Falls Municipal Hospital is to alleviate unnecessary worry and confusion that patients dealing with a new and unfamiliar wound or recent ostomy procedure typically encounter. A Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse is on staff and able to answer patient questions. Patients want to know how to best incorporate ongoing care and assistance into their lives, and what they can do to aid in proper self-care and recovery. Because the nature of WOC services often require frequent medical visits over an extended period of time, it’s important we provide local WOC nursing care for our patients. Not only can we provide premium WOC care and assistance, but we can reduce unnecessary drive time, ease concerns, and reduce costs. Reducing stress by helping patients locate and obtain WOC specific products and supplies is important to us. We’ll do everything we can to help patients return to daily life and healthy lifestyles as quickly as possible.
Studies have shown that WOC nurses are a key factor in achieving better patient outcomes related to wound, ostomy, and continence conditions. We are pleased to offer this service and WOC Nursing staff at our facility.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Chemotherapy Suite, a completely remodeled area dedicated to patients referred for Chemotherapy Infusion treatment. The new suite features state of the art treatment chairs that offer heat and massage, as well as personal televisions for patients. Chemotherapy Infusion can take up to several hours to administer, so we’ve designed the new Infusion Suite to provide the utmost in patient care and comfort. Blood work and lab appointments take place in the Infusion Suite, placing patients at ease as much as possible.
This new service is offered as part of our continued commitment to listening to our community and providing superior patient-centered care. Chemotherapy Infusion Service offered right here at our facility eliminates the need for long distance travel and provides an opportunity for more recovery time at home. This new service makes it easier to arrange rides and to have your support system in close proximity while you receive Chemotherapy Infusion treatment.
Opening October 1, 2013, and led by Dr. Hanna, supervising Oncologist from ACMC in Willmar, the new Chemotherapy Infusion Services offered at Granite Falls Municipal Hospital extend the high level of care you expect. RN’s with Oncology Nursing Society certification and training in chemotherapy and biotherapy will be on staff to administer treatment and provide specialized patient care.
We are hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Come tour our new Infusion Suite, meet Dr. Hanna and staff, and help us share this news with loved ones who need to receive Chemotherapy care closer to home.
Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation
Granite Falls Municipal Hospital, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Granite Falls Hospital and Manor announces the creation of the Terrie McCoss Activities Fund. This fund is established as a memorial to Terrie and her selfless dedication to the residents of Granite Manor. Terrie was killed in a car accident on her way to work on February 18, 2013. This fund is established to provide for Activity supplies, equipment and functions that are above and beyond the routine activities provided by the Manor. The initial money to establish this fund was donated by the family of current Manor Resident Ernie Rotunda as well as some of Terrie’s co-workers. If you wish to donate, you can send a check to Granite Manor, 345 10th Avenue, Granite Falls, Mn 56241 with the notation on the memo line “Terrie McCoss Fund”.