April 1, 2021 –CABVI is pleased to announce its partnership with TriHealth Stepping On Fall Prevention Classes by providing the Vision Guest Expert Presenter Kathy Kessler, a certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor at CABVI. Kessler also presented at the TriHealth West Chester location in Fall 2019, helping participants understand ways to avoid vision related falls.
TriHealth Stepping On class sessions take place once a week for 7 weeks/ 2 hours per week in April/May. Currently TriHealth is offering the program virtually. Classes are designed specifically for seniors who are:
1) At risk of falling
2) Have a fear of falling
3) Who have fallen one or more times
4) Cognitively intact
5) Independent mobility or with assistive device
• Workshops are facilitated by trained Leaders/Facilitators
• Provide a safe, positive learning experience.
Locally TriHealth has been involved in the STEPPING On evidence Based Fall prevention program since 2014. Stephanie Lambers M.Ed., OTR/L and Krista Jones, B.S. were initially trained as Stepping On Program Facilitators in Fall 2014 and became Stepping On Master Trainers.
Here is a session overview:
• Session 1: Introduction- Falls Story
• Session 2: Exercises & Moving About Safely
• Session 3: Advancing Exercise/Home Hazards
• Session 4: Vision & Falls, Community Safety, Footwear (with CABVI’s Vision Expert)
• Session 5: Medication Management, Bone Health and Sleeping Better
• Session 6: Getting Out and About
• Session 7: Review and Plan Ahead
• Follow-Up Visit
• 3 Month Booster Session
Here is some background information on the evidence base of Stepping On Fall Prevention:
• Developed in Australia by an Occupational Therapist and Physician.
• Demonstrated a 31% reduction in falls in program participants.
• Replicated and Americanized in the U.S. in Wisconsin with similar results.
• 2015 Journal of Safety Research
o Benefits exceeded program delivery costs.
o Results provided positive returns on investment.
TriHealth is offering these classes via Zoom (with a free 1:1 Zoom Practice session available before the first virtual class). To reserve a spot for one of these three, seven week session, please call TriHealth at 513-569-5400.
Since 1911, CABVI has been providing counseling, vision rehabilitation, and employment services to help more than 4,500 people annually of all ages adapt to severe vision loss in the Greater Cincinnati region. This includes early childhood, low vision, daily living, access technology and safe travel training. CABVI provides employment in our Industries Program and sells office products through www.Vie-Ability.org. CABVI also operates a Base Supply Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and provides employment in Contract Management Services. CABVI’s mission is “Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.” For more information, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit www.cincyblind.org.
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