Balance & Falls

The Program  |  Therapy Options  |  Eligibility  |  Locations

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network utilizes Korebalance™ and Balance Master® equipment to assist patients in their fall prevention programs.

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The Balance & Falls Program

The comprehensive evaluation assesses the following:

  • Objective balance tests with normative data – Berg Balance, Tinetti, Timed Up and Go, modified Clinical Test for Sensory Integration and Balance, Functional Reach, 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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Therapy Options

Treatment Approach

  • Balance, gait and transfer training.
  • Exercise progression to restore function, strength and range of motion.
  • Progressive home exercise program.
  • Education on home environment to decrease fall risk.

The therapist will apprise the physician of the patient’s evaluation, including a normative data comparison, and will assist with recommendations for a plan of care. 

Specialized Equipment

HHRN utilizes Korebalance™ and Balance Master® equipment to assist patients in their fall prevention programs.

Korebalance™is a fully computerized balance trainer challenges individuals to stand on an unstable platform and perform a series of exercises for 8 to 12 minutes. The included software directs workouts, issues a score, and simplifies balance screening, assessment and training. Korebalance™ is ideal for strength, flexibility, agility training, and orthopedic rehabilitation, fall prevention and motor-skill training.

The interactive Balance Master® technology and clinically proven protocols allow the clinician to objectively assess patients performing tasks ranging from essential daily living activities through high-level athletic skills. The objective data aids in the design of effective treatment and/or training programs focused on the specific sensory and motor components underlying a patient's functional limitations.

Exercise protocols available on the Balance Master® can be tailored to meet individual patient needs and can be progressed as the patient's capabilities improve.

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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

  • Backus Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    The William W. Backus Hospital Rehabilitation Network is a dedicated, dynamic, interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals consisting of Physical, Occupational, Speech therapists and physiatrists who provide customized, coordinated holistic care to patients, their families, and the community to maximize their functional independence and enhance their quality of life.

  • Central Connecticut Senior Health Services

    Hartford HealthCare Senior Services is committed to helping seniors remain as healthy and independent as possible through every stage of their lives. At these locations, physical therapy in interwoven into many aspects of senior living as seniors are encouraged to make the link between their physical and mental well-being.

  • Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, sports medicine, and health & wellness programs. Our highly skilled staff work with people who have acute illnesses, injuries, and chronic diseases as well as those who are interested in injury prevention and/or personal fitness. We have the resources and expertise to cover the entire spectrum of diagnoses.

  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network

    The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network offers inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Licensed physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists work with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to address each patient's needs and help him or her achieve maximum function.

  • Windham Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    The therapists at Windham Hospital have cared for the physical therapy and rehabilitation needs of the Windham community for more than 40 years, and we are proud of our long legacy of excellent service to our patients and the community.

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