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Good Samaritan Hospital Offers Free Balance Screenings

September 7th, 2016

With the 9th Annual National Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Department will be offering two Fall Prevention Lectures at the state-of-the-art Outpatient Rehabilitation facility at 560 Union Boulevard in West Islip.

The September 9th and September 28th lectures, presented by the skilled therapists from 2 to 3 pm each day, are part of the hospital’s comprehensive rehabilitation services.

In addition, Free Balance Screens will be offered on September 22 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to older adults who may feel their balance has deteriorated with age. For those feeling unsteady on their feet while performing day-to-day activities, licensed Physical Therapists from the Rehabilitation Department will be on hand at the West Islip facility to conduct a screening that will identify any risk factors and/or physical limitations that may increase chances of falling.

Fall Prevention classes are held by the Physical Therapy Department on the second Friday of each month from 2 to 3 pm. Older adults can learn tips for strength and balance, how to know what fall hazards exist around the home, wearing proper footwear, physical challenges and medications that might impact their life, and how to maintain their independence.

“Older adults may lose lower body strength and conditioning which may affect their balance and make them unsteady on their feet,” said Jill Bocchieri, PT, Director of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department. ‘In addition, older adults may be taking certain medications or have poor vision which may contribute to their increased risk of falling.”

The screens take about 30 minutes by trained therapists who receive continuing education in the latest therapeutic techniques. Ample parking is available. The facility is open from 7 am to 8:30 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call (631) 376-4109.