RSVP: Openings available for innovative fall risk reduction program
Openings available for innovative fall risk reduction program
“Stay Well At Home,” a new approach to preventing falls in seniors that began in Nevada County last year, is looking for volunteer facilitators and participants. Designed to help participants improve their overall health by lowering their risk for falls, this free program was designed by experts in falls risk reduction at CSU, Fullerton and is funded by the California Wellness Foundation. The Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County is the local sponsor.
Volunteer facilitators (40 years of age and older) attend a daylong training to learn the program content and presentation methods. They are then matched with participants 65 years of age or older (younger if at risk for falls) who receive 12 home visits over two months that focus on improving their strength and balance and exploring ways to reduce their risk of falling.
One participant, when interviewed about her experience with the program, said she is enthusiastic about and very grateful for the program. She reported that her pain seems to have diminished and she is very hopeful for continued improvement. She also said she and her facilitator established a good rapport during the in-home visits.
If you are someone who likes to be part of innovative approaches to health, believes exercise is an important factor in staying healthy and safe and are a “people person” who enjoys working one-on-one with others, taking part in this program, as a facilitator or senior participant, may be for you.
To sign up to volunteer, call RSVP at 271-0255. For more information, call Cynthia Schuetz, Falls Prevention Coalition Coordinator, at 263-1776.
— Submitted to The Union
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