At CHI LakeWood Health, your safety and well-being are our top priorities. That’s why we use the CDC STEADI Fall Risk Assessment tool as part of our comprehensive approach to fall prevention. 

This simple questionnaire helps us identify patients who may be at risk for falls so we can take specific precautions and implement appropriate interventions.

You may have already seen this tool or been asked to fill it out at a previous visit with us. As Natasha Kasprowicz, our Surgery Coordinator, emphasizes, “The CDC STEADI has been instrumental in enhancing the safety of our same-day surgery program. By incorporating the assessment into our pre-op phone calls, we can streamline your care and ensure we have the right safety measures in place before you even arrive.” 

While surgery is one area where the assessment is utilized, you’ll encounter it throughout your journey at CHI LakeWood Health. This comprehensive approach ensures we proactively address fall risks in various settings, promoting safety and well-being for all our patients. We do this because falls are more common than people realize. More than one in four older adults reported falling in 2015 alone, according to the CDC. 

There are simple steps you can take anytime to help decrease your or your loved ones’ fall risk. 

  1. Focus on strength and balance. Activities like Tai chi can improve balance and make your legs stronger.
  2. Use proper footwear. They should fit properly and have good traction.
  3. Have your medications reviewed with your doctor or pharmacist, including supplements and over-the-counter medications. 
  4. Get an annual eye exam.
  5. Make your home safer, remove clutter and use non-slip mats and handrails.
  6. Talk to your health care provider, especially if you feel unsteady or have had a recent fall.

Life is all about balance, and so is fall prevention. Whether here or at home, CHI LakeWood Health wants everyone to be safe and well.