Balance/Fall Prevention

Our passion is to keep seniors active and enjoying life, free from the debilitating effects of a fall. People with balance and dizziness problems can have difficulty performing the simplest tasks: getting out of a chair, walking through a house, shopping for groceries. The good news is we can help!

At Kaweah Delta, our balance and fall prevention program aims to help people compensate for this loss or imbalance within the vestibular system. This exercise program is designed by specially-trained therapists and provides personalized treatment for each patient which includes:
  • Information about their condition
  • Exercises and activities to perform during therapy and at home
  • Tips to increase safety and independence at home, work and in the community
  • Posture and body mechanics training 
  • Referrals to other healthcare professionals if needed.
Medicare covers Balance and Fall Prevention. To make an appointment with a specialist at Kaweah Delta, patients need a doctor's referral.

Locations
This program is offered at the following locations:
Questions/feedback? 559-624-37

 

Fall Prevention Resources

Have you fallen in the last six months? Or, do have trouble with tripping, swaying, stumbling, and dizziness?

Consider:

A Free Balance Screening. Free 15-minute balance screenings are offered from 2-3 p.m. every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Therapist Specialists. Interested? Call 624-3700 to schedule an appointment.

A Balance Evaluation. Go to the following Physical Therapy locations for a thorough evaluation and treatment of your balance. Insurance covers physical therapy treatment for balance.

  • Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital, 840 S. Akers St., Visalia
  • Exeter Therapy Specialists, 1131 W. Visalia Road, Exeter
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, 840 S. Akers St., Visalia
  • Therapy Specialists, 1337 S. Lovers Lane, Visalia
  • Dinuba Therapy Specialists, 355 Monte Vista, Suite C, Dinuba
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    Additional Community Resources

    Tai Chi Classes. Research has shown that Tai Chi reduces falls up to 67% and can help with balance.

    Take a class at:
    Therapy Specialists
    820 S. Akers St., Suite 200
    Visalia.
    Offerings: Beginning and advanced classes.
    Cost: $7.50-$10 per class
    Info: 624-3427

    Visalia Senior Center
    310 N. Locust St., Visalia.
    Offerings: Through the City of Visalia Recreation Department
    Cost: $5 (morning) to $6.50 (evening)
    Info: 713-4365

    The Lifestyle Center
    5105 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia
    Offerings: Steady Steps Class, a class focused on balance and coordination. Sit-N-Be Fit Class, a group exercise class where participants sit in a chair and improve strength and flexibility.
    Cost: $15, non-members; free, members.
    Info: 624-3400

    Club 50
    215 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia, CA 93277
    Offerings: Club 50 is a senior fitness program operated by The Lifestyle Center of Visalia and overseen by an exercise physiologist. The program runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Sequoias. Program offers weight room, treadmills, and Sit-N-Be Fit class and a low impact aerobics class.
    Cost: $40/year
    Info: 735-0754

    Empowerment for Better Living Workshops
    Offerings: Workshops for people with chronic illness or family/friends of a person with a chronic disease interested in learning how to live a healthier life. Includes fall prevention tips and better balance exercises.
    Cost: Free
    Info: 624-2416 or www.kaweahdelta.org/livebetter