CALA’s 2016 theme, Aspire, challenges our members and supporters to look forward to the future we are creating for our residents, explore new ways of delivering quality care, and celebrate what has always made us great. Today, we’re bringing you the story of Carlton of San Leandro bringing the fall prevention program A Matter of Balance to its residents.
According to the National Council on Aging, A Matter of Balance is “an 8-week structured group intervention that 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.”
Executive Director Nancy Randhawa says that the community worked to pilot the program with the county and Veronica Pavlakis, Carlton of San Leandro’s Personal Expressions Director and a certified instructor for the program.
The pilot group included six residents who recently graduated from the program. Veronica shared, “Our last session was proceeded by a graduation ceremony complete with grad caps, certificates of completion, and a pizza party.”
Nancy says, “Our next phase will be to take it to the local senior center for the seniors in the surrounding demographic area.” She says they are excited to continue providing beneficial programs like A Matter of Balance for both Carlton of San Leandro’s residents and seniors in the community-at-large.