Balance & Falls

The Program  | Treatment Approach  |  Eligibility  | Locations

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network utilizes the Safe Steps Program to assist patients in their fall prevention.

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The Program

The ability to maintain our balance under a variety of conditions and circumstances is critical to our ability to remain upright – or in other words: TO AVOID FALLING Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network uses the Safe Steps Balance and Fall Prevention Program to reduce your risk for falling. Safe Steps is a comprehensive balance program that uses a systematic approach to complete a thorough clinical assessment of patients with balance dysfunction. Safe Steps enables patients to safely resume many activities of daily living by challenging the vestibular, somatosensory and visual systems. 

Factors that can affect your balance include:

Collaboration between disciplines allows us to approach the patient with a broader perspective and gives us a well-rounded picture of the patient, leading to more appropriate and comprehensive interventions and, ultimately, better outcomes.

The Safe Steps comprehensive evaluation assesses:

  • Objective balance tests with normative data – Berg Balance, Tinetti, Timed Up and Go, modified Clinical Test for Sensory Integration and Balance, Functional Reach, Functional Gait Assessment and gait speed.
  • Posture.
  • Functional limitations.
  • Pain, strength and range of motion.
  • Neurologic assessment of sensation, proprioception/kinesthesia and vestibular screens.
  • Safety of home environment.

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Treatment Approach

  • Gait and transfer training.
  • Exercise progression to restore function, strength and range of motion.
  • Balance-specific training to improve balance and vestibular function
  • Fall recovery training.
  • Individualized and progressive home exercise program.
  • Education on home environment to decrease fall risk.

The therapist will inform the physician of the patient’s evaluation, including a normative data comparison, and will collaborate for a customized plan of care. 

Specialized Equipment
Some HHRN locations utilize Korebalance™, and Biodex™ balance trainers to assist patients in their fall prevention programs.

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Eligibility

  • A previous fall.
  • Impaired gait and/or difficulty in transferring or getting up.
  • Use of 4 or more medications per day.
  • Postural hypotension.
  • Foot or footwear problems such as pain, deformities.
  • Impaired lower extremity proprioception.
  • Inability to stand on one leg for five seconds.
  • Increased fear of falling.

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Locations

462 Queen Street Suite 202 Second Floor
Southington, CT 06489
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Balance Center

Balance Center
988 Silas Deane Highway Rehab Suite
Wethersfield, CT 06109
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100 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT 06001
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163 Broadway
Colchester, CT 06385
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2 Northwestern Drive
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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111 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
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280 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
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42 Town Street Suite 400
Norwichtown, CT 06360
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100 Hazard Avenue
Enfield, CT 06082
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196 Waterford Parkway South Suite 202
Waterford, CT 06385
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406 Farmington Avenue 2nd Floor
Farmington, CT 06032
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330 Western Boulevard
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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73 Waterbury Road
Prospect, CT 06172
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18 East Granby Road
Granby, CT 06035
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1559 Sullivan Avenue
South Windsor, CT 06074
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Bone & Joint Institute

Bone & Joint Institute
32 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
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35 Talcottville Road
Vernon, CT 06066
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Conklin Building

Conklin Building
80 Seymour Street 6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
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701 North Colony Road Suite 102
Wallingford, CT 06492
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230 North Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
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445 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
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1064 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450
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Bishop's Corner

Bishop's Corner
334 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117
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Blue Back Square

Blue Back Square
65 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
183 North Mountain Road
New Britain, CT 06053
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1025 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain General Campus)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain General Campus)
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT 06050
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1060 Day Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut Family Health Center

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Family Health Center
22 Pine Street
Bristol, CT 06010
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
440 New Britain Avenue
Plainville, CT 06062
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1244 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06268
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Family Health Center

Family Health Center
5 Founders Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
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Jefferson House

Jefferson House
1 John H. Stewart Drive
Newington, CT 06111
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300 Post Road West Suite 202
Westport, CT 06880
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut - Bradley Memorial Campus

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - Bradley Memorial Campus
81 Meriden Avenue
Southington, CT 06489
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136 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
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Outpatient Rehab Clinic

Outpatient Rehab Clinic
85 Seymour Street Suite 604
Hartford, CT 06106
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350 Liberty Street
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
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Medical Office Building

Medical Office Building
538 Litchfield Street Suite GO3
Torrington, CT 06790
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Sky Top

Sky Top
1012 East Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790
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100 Perkins Farm Drive Suite 201
Mystic, CT 06355
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40-B Fenn Road
Newington, CT 06111
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Southington Care Center

Southington Care Center
45 Meriden Avenue
Southington, CT 06489
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Jerome Home

Jerome Home
975 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT 06052
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80 South Main Street Suite LL02
Winsted, CT 06098
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