Stepping On

Stepping On class with senior citizens utilizing chairs to practice balance and fall prevention

St. Charles Rehabilitation’s Stepping On Program is a free falls prevention program designed to help Long Island residents 65 and older develop the knowledge, confidence and physical strength/coordination they need to avoid falls in their own home or community. Stepping On is ideal for seniors who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling, or who have fallen one or more times.

The St. Charles program is modeled after the Center’s Disease Control’s (CDC) SteppinOn® program, which is proven to reduce falls up to 33% in community-dwelling seniors. The program is taught by St. Charles Rehabilitation’s licensed physical therapists, who have completed formal training in Stepping On® instruction. St. Charles makes the program highly participative and aims to help seniors maintain active and fulfilling lives, while reducing their risk of falls.

To accomplish this goal, our program addresses:

  • Strength and balance - Exercises are taught by St. Charles physical therapists
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • How to check your home for safety hazards
  • Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • Good sleep habits to prevent falls

St. Charles offers this research-proven falls prevention program to Long Island seniors in free, multi-class format at:

  • St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY)
  • Rose Caracappa Senior Citizen Cultural and Wellness Center (Town of Brookhaven, NY)
  • Middle Country Public Library (Centereach/Selden, NY)
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