Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
These are stunning and sobering statistics. Additionally, the financial burden falls impose on the fall victims and on the American Healthcare System is staggering. In 2014, the total cost of fall injuries was $31 billion and is expected to increase as the population ages—projected to reach over $67 billion by 2020. And yet, in an age of ubiquitous technology, the methods most frequently employed for falls-risk assessment are still stuck in a 20th Century paradigm...
Primary care physicians routinely address falls-risk through the use of questionnaires and basic balance examination techniques. This traditional approach has proven mostly ineffective in preventing falls from occurring. Adding an objective, instrumented test to thoroughly assess the sensory systems that contribute to postural control—to better identify patients at risk for falls, adds substantial value to the patient experience, and improves existing balance screening programs.
Falls, with or without injury, carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging.
Introducing AnaBalance, a vitally important component of a modern falls-risk program. AnaBalance leverages technology—partnering Primary Care Physicians with Balance Therapy Specialists to engage the Senior population and catch falls before they happen.
In the process, AnaBalance creates a significant revenue stream for Physicians and Therapists, while protecting Seniors with critical balance screenings and referrals to qualified Balance Therapy Specialists.