An Evaluation of Be Strong: A Nurse-Led Caregiver-Assisted Exercise Program to Reduce Fall-Risk in Older Adults

Cindy Gross
2018 JOJ Nursing & Health Care  
One in three adults over age 65, fall each year sustaining an injury CDC [1]. Falls can be reduced with regular exercise; yet, confidence in balance and fear of falling can psychologically limit older adults from participating in mobility. This nurse-led caregiver-assisted exercise pilot project evaluates fall-risk reduction, confidence in balance and fear of falling. Nine participants engaged in 20 minutes of daily tailored caregiverassisted exercise over a 20-week period. Data were analyzed
more » ... ing descriptive and inferential statistics. The Berg Balance Scale and Timed Up and Go test showed statistically significant differences in fall-risk scores. The Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale, Fall Efficacy Scale and Fall Efficacy International Scale showed no statistically significant difference in confidence and fear of falling, however clients continued the exercise program and data supported frail elderly concerns on fear of falling. Participants, agency staff and consultants evaluative survey showed positive feedback of this exercise experience.
doi:10.19080/jojnhc.2018.07.555720 fatcat:tqcaysdm7rgdhb7z3rqnbkjjji