FINDING BALANCE ALGORITHM
Fear of Falling
Programs targeted at improving physical skills through physical activity/exercise and confidence may decrease a person's fear of falling. It can also be helpful to determine if there are certain locations where the person is afraid of falling (e.g., outdoors, on stairs etc.)
Fear of falling can adversely affect physical, mental and social functioning of older adults. Counselling from a trained counsellor has shown to be effective in treating fear of falling.
Fear of falling can be associated with depression. Older adults with marked fear of falling should be screened for depression.
Some Falls Prevention Clinics or Programs may make a referral to Social Work if, on assessment, fear of falling:
Interferes with Basic ADLs and/or Instrumental ADLs,
Compromises quality of life (severely limits ability to participate in previously enjoyed activities, or limits social contact)
Interferes with good judgment or preoccupies the person's thoughts.