Otago Balance Program:
The Otago evidence based balance program was developed, tested and proven effective for preventing falls among adults 65 years of age and older. This program has been shown to reduce falls by 35 to 40% and is most effective for older adults who have fallen within the last year, and who have moderate to severe decreased strength and balance due to multiple risk factors including arthritis, de-conditioning, and inactivity.
How does it work?
The program is designed to be delivered over 12 months and includes a minimum of 12 visits. The therapists will evlaute and see the patient for 4 visits over an 8 week period (typically every other week). The therapist will then follow the patient monthly via phone calls and then see the patient for visits at 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.
How do I start?
As with all physical therapy, we will need a referral from a doctor with a diagnosis of a type of balance problem. You will then be set up with a physical therapy evaluation to determine if the program is appropriate and at what level to start. Please call us with any questions that you may have at (616) 522-0066.
The Faithfully Fit program is designed for patients to continue with their exercises independently after being discharged from physical therapy. Participants can pay a monthly fee of $35/month and come into our facility and utilize our aerobic and strengthening equipment.
To be eligible for this program, the participant must have been a patient at Grand River Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C. within the past year and be able to utilize our fitness equipment with minimal supervision. Participants must also have a signed release from his/her physician (can be downloaded below).
Our Faithfully Fit Program is offered Monday - Friday at 8am and closing at 5pm. We take our lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm and close down the gym during that time period.
Faithfully Fit is designed to be a self-directed program, however, if you have questions about equipment set-up or usage, feel free to ask a staff member who will assist you as soon as they are available to do so.
Faithfully Fit Release