On Dec. 6, 2016, Life Care’s Eastern Division held a banquet at Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove in Ooltewah, Tennessee, honoring one skilled nursing and rehab facility in each of its five regions. The awards recognize facilities for innovative programs in serving their communities.
Life Care Center of Hendersonville was nominated for its focus on helping local senior citizens prevent falls. The facility is part of the Western North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition and Henderson County Transitions in Care Committee and developed helpful materials for seniors teaching how they can reduce their fall risk with exercises and home safety.
“It was a great honor to represent our region,” said Thomas Hager, executive director at the facility. “Falls are not a normal part of aging. We have a large retirement population in our county, and we felt it was important to be a resource to the community on fall prevention.”
As a result of this focus, which also includes free balance screenings on the first Monday of each month, Life Care Center of Hendersonville has seen a decrease in falls in the facility and a reduction in hospital admissions in the community due to falls.