Home Safety & Personal Risk Assessment
A free home safety and personal risk assessment helps prevent falls, so you can stay active and live in your own home. Call Johnson County Visiting Nurse Association at 319-337-9686 for an in-home consultation regarding your fall risks and recommendations for increasing your safety at home. There is no charge to Johnson county residents for this consultation visit.
A Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies. During 8 two-hour sessions, participants learn to:
- View falls as controllable
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
Register for A Matter of Balance class now.
Contact The Heritage Agency at 319-398-5559. Classes are lead by two volunteer coaches from our community. Volunteers are trained by a certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer. In eastern Iowa, A Matter of Balance is a program of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging.
Who should attend A Matter of Balance class?
- Anyone concerned about falls
- Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength
- Anyone who has fallen in the past
- Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns
Stepping On Program
Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risk of falling. Community-based workshops are offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small group setting, participants learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Topics covered include improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, vision, and medication review. Workshops are highly participative; mutual support and success build up participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falling. There is a registration fee that covers the cost of materials, including exercise manual, handouts, snacks, and rental of the weights. Partial scholarships may be available.
Search JCLC's Directory of Aging Services
Search our Directory of Aging Services to locate local agencies or search by category for answers (view category descriptions). For additional help deciding available options and programs that may assist in paying for services, call Johnson County Social Services at 319-356-6090 or the Heritage Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-332-5934 or 319-398-5559. Note that individual service providers are responsible for keeping their information up to date.
Take Steps now for falls prevention.
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. Source: www.ncoa.org