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Common Referral Questions

Why should I refer my client or patient to a Falls Prevention Program?
  • Evidence-based curriculums are considered the "gold standard" of falls prevention classes.
  • Client or patient learns strategies to lower their risk of falling while building confidence in their ability to self-manage.
  • Activated patients are more involved in their care.
  • Working with a community-based organization helps take the work off of the practice’s plate.
Who is an appropriate referral from your organization or practice?
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Ability to interact positively within a small group setting.
  • Have had a fall within the past 12 months.
  • Are at risk of falling due to medications, diagnosis, etc.
What will COAW do when they receive your client or patient referral?
  • They will contact you via secure email or fax to acknowledge receipt of the referral.
  • They will contact your client or patient by the end of the next business day to discuss the falls prevention classes available.
  • They will provide weekly written updates on the status of all your referrals including attempts to reach, contacts, class enrollment information, and any barriers encountered. This update will arrive via HIPAA compliant fax, or by e-mail or EMR if you prefer.
  • They will contact each referral a minimum of three times. Further contacts will be determined after consulting with the organization or practice.
What will COAW say to my patient?
  • Their staff will introduce themselves and say we have received the referral from you to the falls prevention classes.
  • They will assume that if the client or patient signature is present on the form you have briefly introduced the class to your client or patient and they will be expecting a call from us.
  • Their staff will assume that if a patient’s signature is not present on the referral form that you have mentioned the referral to the client or patient and have noted the referral in your charting.
  • They will discuss with the patient the times, locations, and dates of the closest classes available.
  • They will discuss the class content, stressing that the class is not a medical intervention, but a falls prevention program.
  • They will stress the positive responses received from people just like them who have attended classes.
  • They will mention that the client or patient has been referred to class because the case manager, organization, practice or health care provider feels the class is important for them and will be beneficial.
What are the Falls Prevention Curriculums?
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance includes gentle movements that emphasize weight shifting, postural alignment and balance. Each session included instructions in new movements, as well as review of movements from previous sessions. This class is typically held twice per week for 12 weeks.
  • Stepping On is a seven-week workshop to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help older adults prevent falls. It focuses on how strength and balancing exercises, medication management, home safety, footwear, vision and mobility all play important roles in fall prevention.
  • A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. This class consists of eight two-hour sessions.
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention focuses on relieving the symptoms of arthritis. It is ideal for beginners, with or without arthritis. The special feature of Tai Chi for Arthritis is that it is easy and enjoyable to learn, bringing with it the many health benefits safely and quickly. It works through improving balance, confidence and muscular strength.
  • N’Balance is an effective fall prevention class that focuses on practice exercises and movements to strengthen core balance and to overcome the fear of falling. This is an evidence-based program designed from the kinetic principles of FallProof!, a balance program created by California State University/Fullerton.

Please contact COAW at 303-984-1845 if you have questions regarding any potential referrals.