On most days, the team of therapists in the Rehabilitation Services Department at Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill can be found providing one on one patient centered care getting people back to work or help them manage their pain.

Recently, those staff members reached out to the Merrill Senior community by providing a valuable safety check of walkers and canes for residents of Park Place and Jenny Towers.

The safety check was done in celebration of National Rehabilitation Week and National Physical Therapy Month. Therapists from Good Samaritan inspected and replaced worn walker and cane tips and added tennis balls to improve glide and provided other safety tips.

“People should consider walkers and canes as tools for safer living,” said Cindy Koehler, physical therapy coordinator at Good Samaritan Health Center. “Proper fit, use and routine maintenance are essential and should be chosen to best meet a person’s needs depending on where they live.”

Aurora Pharmacy, Home Medical, Walgreens, Wal-Mart provided replacement tips for the checks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, More than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

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