Balance + Fall Prevention

One out of every five falls results in an injury such as broken bone. While falling is a more common concern for older adults, preventing them is important for people of all ages. 

Mary Free Bed’s Balance and Fall Prevention Program can help you improve balance and build strength to help you reduce the risk of falling.

Physical therapist smiling and assisting an older adult during a fall prevention session.

Who we serve 

We help patients at risk of falling for a variety of reasons, including: 

  • Deconditioned state 
  • Orthopedic trauma or surgery (hip fracture, knee replacement) 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Visual impairment (such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and other conditions). 

We also can help if you’ve experienced falls with no known cause, are afraid of falling, if you have a history of a disability (such as a brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury), or if you recently suffered a fall. 


Our goal is to ensure your safety so you can maintain an independent lifestyle. 

Your treatment begins with a thorough evaluation of your medical and social history and an examination of your risk factors. This may include assessment of: 

  • Balance 
  • Vision 
  • Musculoskeletal functional mobility 
  • Coordination 
  • Other circumstances that impact your safety. 

You’ll work with our team of therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your goals and reduce your fall risk.

Depending on your needs, treatment may include: 

  • Balance training 
  • Range-of-motion exercises 
  • Strength exercises
  • Activities of daily living 


Education is a very important part of your therapy. We consider your family’s involvement to be a key component of our program. We’ll educate you and your family or caregiver about any potential safety concerns. We’ll also provide training and support to ensure treatment can continue at home and in other settings. Finally, we’ll also give you a fall reduction home assessment guide. 

Contact Us  

Phone: 616.840.8000 
Fax: 616.840.9642  

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