Don’t Fear the Floor – Learn how to get up safely!
Hosted by Aware Senior Care and STEPS for Recovery
40-minute LIVE Webinar & Panel Q and A. Recorded Webinar will also be available.
Tuesday, June 2nd at 11:00 AM
Are you or a family member at risk for a fall? Are you concerned if you do fall, you will not be able to get up off the floor? Are you making decisions about where to live or concerned about living alone in your home? Would you like to learn some simple and proven techniques to help you and gain your independence and peace of mind?
Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
Why is getting down to and up from the floor safely an important skill to learn?
- Getting on the floor to play with kids or grand kids
- Cleaning toilets
- Retrieving the $20 bill you dropped
- Doing exercises
For Safety and Empowerment:
- If you think you will fall or are afraid of falling, you are more likely to fall.
- Knowing how to get up may decrease the fear associated with falling, which in turn may reduce your risk for falling.
- Another fall may occur in the process of getting up if you do not know how to get up safely.
It is a great exercise!
- Once you can get off the floor you have to KEEP PRACTICING.
- Practice getting down/up regularly (several times per week or even daily) to maintain the mobility and strength to perform this task, and to recall the steps.
Even if you are not physically able to get down/up on your own, it is important to know what you need help with, and how to tell someone how to help and how not to help.
The heart of the webinar will feature owner and physical therapist Katie Stephens of STEPS for Recovery. Katie will focus on educating the audience on strategies for a safe transition down to the floor, strategies for getting up from the floor, concluding with suggested exercises and tools to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and skill for stand floor transfers.
Panelist and speaker Gina Murray, Director of Aware Senior Care, will discuss how home care and physical therapy can team together in the home. The webinar will conclude with open town hall Q and A session.
Gina Murray, RN, BSN
Aware Senior Care
Gina Murray is the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care, an award-winning in-home care agency in Cary, North Carolina. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years in the field of gerontology. Gina recently achieved a certification in Teepa Snows Positive Approach to Care as a Dementia Trainer. In May of 2019, Gina was honored by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina with the Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year Award.
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Katie Stephens, PTSTEPS for Recovery
Katie Stephens, PT, NCS is a 2000 graduate of East Carolina University. Together with her husband and physical therapist, Josh Olinick, Katie opened STEPS for Recovery in 2012. STEPS is a unique practice that focuses on neurological recovery for individuals with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and chronic pain. Services offered include physical, occupational and speech therapy and the practice philosophy focuses on individualized treatment to help clients meet their personal goals for life participation, going beyond basic functional activities to resuming personal goals including bike riding, golfing, and playing musical instruments to name a few.
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