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With its world-famous beaches and year-round temperate climate, Florida is a wonderful place for older people to live. However, balance problems and risk of injuries relating to falls can interfere with plans for a happy retirement. Physical therapy services are ideally suited for identifying and treating issues that affect balance and create a higher risk for falls.

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Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury death among Florida residents ages 65 years and older and the fourth-leading cause of injury death overall according to Florida Injury Facts from 2011. The risk of falling increases dramatically as a person ages, but there are steps that can be taken to manage and reduce this risk.

Get PT in the ER

If you go to the emergency room for a fall-related injury, fall prevention can actually begin in the ER if there is a physical therapist on staff. Read more about this and create your own Fall Prevention Team.

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How PT Can Help

Falling is not a natural part of aging; click here for stories of how physical therapy can help. If you or a loved one is experiencing balance or fall issues, consult a physical therapist - visit the APTA Find a Physical Therapist for one in your area.

Resources


Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC)

 

The FIPAC was appointed to provide injury-prevention research and practice expertise regarding injuries in Florida. This organization provides information on fall prevention in older adults and calendar of training events for injury prevention.

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Medicare Preventive Visit & Yearly Wellness Exam

   

Medicare Part B offers introductory visits to Medicare beneficiaries to review medical and social history relating to health and education and counseling about preventive services. This is only available within the first 12 months of enrollment.If you have had Part B for longer than 12 months, Medicare will pay for a yearly visit to develop or update a plan designed to help prevent disease and disability.
 

STEADI Information

 

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled a STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit designed to educate people on balance and fall issues. While some of the information is intended for healthcare providers, there is also plenty of information for the public on balance and fall issues.

Here are some links from the tool kit:

Stay Independent
Chair Rise Exercise
Postural Hypotension
What YOU Can Do to Prevent Falls
Check for Safety: Home Fall Prevention Checklist

 
 

Reduce Fall Risk

Aging affects movement, sense of balance, muscle strength, reaction time and a host of other factors that contribute to the risk of falling. Physical therapy is ideal for addressing these issues before they become a problem as well as rehabilitating people after a fall and restoring independence. Learn more about Improving Mobility and Motion through the APTA Move Forward website.

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Barriers to Treatment


 

Medicare Therapy Cap

   

While Medicare provides a much-needed resource for people, there are certain aspects of the plan that actually present barriers to receiving necessary services. One of these barriers is the Medicare Therapy Cap of $1,900 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services combined. While you may qualify for an exception to these limits, your provider will need to document that this exception is medically necessary and your medical records will be reviewed by a Medicare contractor to assure that these services are indeed necessary.

Direct Access

 

In reference to seeing a physical therapist for treatment, Florida is what's called a "Direct Access" state. This means a patient may schedule treatment visits with a physical therapist without a referral from another healthcare provider for up to 30 days. Read about Florida's Direct Access law.

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Take Action


 

Donate to the FPT-PAC


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Join the FPTA/APTA


 
The Florida Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (FPT-PAC) provides a means for educating and supporting public policy makers.
The FPTA works diligently through the year to advocate for the cause of physical therapy in Florida. Follow the action during session.
If you are a licensed physical therapist, physical therapist assistant or PT/PTA student in Florida, join the FPTA today and become a part of something big!
 

Go National


 
APTA Legislative Action for Patients - The Patient Legislative Action Center provides you with the tools needed to contact state and federal legislators regarding important healthcare-related issues. Keep in touch with state and federal legislation that has the potential to create barriers to receiving important physical therapy services.
 
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