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)
Free Falls Prevention Course Starts October 2018
St. Charles Hospital will be offering a free 7-week, 'Stepping On' falls prevention class at the Miller Place Fire Department beginning in October 2018.