Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

Off Campus Balance Screenings

California State University, Fresno has been a leader in the community for the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders. Based on the results from your screening, we may be able to help by maximizing your balance through specific intervention programs and provide proper resources to prevent or reduce falls.

Falls are predictable and preventable—so don’t delay and keep your independence!

If you are interested in a low cost balance screening or would like to have a balance screening at your location, please contact Ashley Hart, at (559) 278-7539 or ahart@csufresno.edu

For more information about screenings and interventions, please visit the SAFE- Central Valley Coalition website HERE

Screening Information

Screening 2You will be given multiple assessments to determine your strength, balance, and ultimately your risk for falling. A licensed physical therapist and nurse practitioner will be present for all testing.

Assessments take approximately 1 hour. At the end of the screening, all participants will receive education materials and some type of intervention (described in detail below).

Every 6 months, you will be screened again to determine if the intervention led to an increase in your strength and balance.

Between screenings we will perform follow-up based on your need and requests in order to monitor your progress, provide reminders, and determine if we need to adjust your program between screenings.

If interested in a low cost balance screening please contact Ashley Hart at (559) 278-7539 or ahart@csufresno.edu

Descriptions of Possible Interventions

Interventions are suggested based on the results of your screening in order to focus on your personal issues that are causing balance problems. These are different for each person, because balance incorporates many different components.

Group FallProof™ Class

This is a group structured class that meets 2x/week for 1 hour class. The program was designed by Dr. Debra Rose (Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton) who has over 20 years of experience working with older adults with balance-related impairments. During the class, participants receive individualized balance training according to the documented impairments obtained from the assessments. Equipment used will be similar to that of a traditional physical therapy clinic such as, but not limited to the following: foam rolls, rocker-boards, balance beams, Swiss balls, air-ex pads, and dyna-discs.

On-Campus Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center

This is an 8 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) offered during the academic year at California State University, Fresno. The program is overseen by core-faculty members from the Physical Therapy Department and clinicians from the community. Graduate Physical Therapy students and faculty discuss each client’s impairments and develop an individualized treatment plan that is carried out by the student.

Find out more about current offerings at the On-Campus Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center.

Home Exercise Program

Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, individualized home exercise programs will be developed to target specific areas which your screening indicated balance or strength issues. Exercises will be reviewed with the participant and participants may return to campus to review their home exercise programs between screening if need be.

Community Classes

Various senior sites and organizations in the Fresno and Clovis areas are currently offering community group balance classes. These have been reviewed to determine eligibility criteria and when appropriate participants may be given a list of these classes to contact.