Media Release

Contact: Kelly Nettnin
 For Immediate Release:


Falls Prevention Training Comes to Dare

Did you know that a fall with injury is often the beginning of a serious decline for older adults, that can include hospitalizations, surgery and nursing home admissions? Injury is a significant and largely preventable public health problem and a leading cause of death and disability in North Carolina. Statistics show that 1 in 3 older adults is at risk for a fall. In order to help reduce the risk of falls for our residents 65 and older, the Dare County Department of Public Health's Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice divisions, worked with Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) and UNC's Center for Aging and Health to host Falls Reduction training at The Outer Banks Hospital on June 14, 2013.

Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD with UNC's Center for Aging and Health is a nationally recognized expert on Falls Reduction/Prevention and led the training with attendees from a broad array of organizations including The Outer Banks Hospital, Spring Arbor, Dare Home Health, the Fessenden Center, YMCA, and Vidant Medical Center. This training was made available to participants without charge through grant funding from the Bureau of Health Professionals (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Carolina Geriatric Education Center.

Falls Reduction training

Attendees learned about evidence based programs designed to reduce the risk of falls for individuals 65 and older including Otago, Matter of Balance, Stepping On, and Tai Chi. A primary goal of this training is to facilitate communication and collaboration across care settings. This will allow Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Nurses Aides and exercise staff to work together to identify desired outcomes for the clients they work with, developing a coordinated plan with multiple resources, for achieving the desired outcome of reducing falls.

The Falls Prevention Coalition for Dare County has plans to continue working in partnership with key stakeholders to address the unique challenges of our community in order to continue to reduce the risk for falls.

For additional information on falls prevention, please visit: or contact the Dare County Department of Public Health's Home Health and Hospice Nursing Director, Ellie Ward at 252.475.5034.

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