Free Screenings to Help Richmonders Avoid Dangerous Falls

Richmond, Virginia (March, 2008) – In 2006, the last year for which complete statistics are available, falls accounted for 40% of all hospitalizations due to injury. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalization and are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Many falls are avoidable, and Sheltering Arms this month is teaming with the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) to hold free “Fall Prevention Screenings” aimed at helping people identify and prevent their causes.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and BIAV is one of 47 Brain Injury Association affiliates across the country that is working with the Centers for Disease Control on a first-ever coordinated national public awareness campaign centered around the issue of fall prevention.

“These screenings are designed to help people of all ages, but will be particularly useful for elderly members of our community and their caregivers,” said Lesley Winn, Occupational Therapy Manager for Sheltering Arms. “No matter what the age of the victim, in far too many cases what looks like a simple fall can end up leading to brain injury or even death.”

The Fall Prevention Screenings are open to the public, and will be held on Saturday, March 15 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Sheltering Arms’ Bon Air at 205 Twinridge Lane. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and fitness specialists will offer free advice aimed at helping Richmond area residents avoid falls. Lectures and screenings will include the following information:

  • Vision screenings to help identify dangers due to poor eyesight
  • Safety information to assist with “fall proofing” homes
  • Screenings to identify balance issues
  • Information on exercises to help strengthen muscles
  • Advice on managing medications that may interact and cause dizziness or disorientation

Individuals who would like more information on the Fall Screenings should call (804) 764-5275.

About The Brain Injury Association of Virginia
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is a statewide organization dedicated to serving the needs of Virginians with brain injury, their families and the professionals who assist them through information and education about brain injury, referrals to professionals and programs with brain injury expertise, and support groups around the state. To learn more about the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, visit

About Sheltering Arms
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and seven outpatient clinics, visit