Monday, September 29, 2014

The Medical Center of Aurora is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing The Medical Center of Aurora as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative.

The Medical Center of Aurora has two physical therapist along with an injury prevention coordinator who have been trained in the Stepping On program. They have been able to provide the classes to Senior Living communities in Aurora and Denver.

Stepping On is an evidence-based program that utilizes healthcare professionals to lead the various course modules and offers the most flexibility for participants to ask questions related to not just the exercises but a variety of medical issues. As a group activity that is based on stories and group examples, it also offers a social interaction for the seniors we target with the program. It offers an opportunity for additional community supporters of fall prevention to interact with this at risk population by volunteering as guest speakers.

The preliminary data, combining Stepping On classes taught by HealthONE facilities, as well as other licensed organizations, showed that the older adults improved significantly in their reported health status, satisfaction with physical activity levels, confidence in not falling, improvements in walking one block and getting out of a chair. The participants also improved in the physical assessment test with 80 percent showing a significant improvement. Course evaluations that are collected at the end of the program reflect an increased level of confidence among participants.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to The Medical Center of Aurora!

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