Avista Therapy Dog Program
The therapy dogs and their handlers are a welcome distraction from illness or pain by bringing laughter and encouragement to everyone they meet. It’s always a joy to see one of our dogs providing comfort and bringing smiles to patients, their families and our staff when it’s needed most. Donations to this program ensure scholarships, uniforms, rewards, incentives, program candidate promotion, and community outreach programs.
Balance & Fall Prevention
Move with Strength and Confidence
Among older Americans, falls are the leading cause of death. They can also diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. It’s estimated that one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of the people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20-30 percent of those falls will result in moderate to severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and bone fractures. However, falls can be dramatically decreased through education, exercise and mindfulness.
Our program can help you understand and reduce the factors that place you at greater risk for a fall. Statistics show that individualized multi-dimensional exercise programs yield significant improvements in balance, mobility and awareness.
This program includes a comprehensive assessment to help identify:
- Existing medical conditions that may contribute to an increased risk of falling
- Fall hazards and risks related to the home environment and activities
- The need for and correct utilization of assistive devices
- A specific exercise program to improve strength, mobility and balance
Who can benefit from this program?
- Adults age 65 and over
- Individuals concerned with falling
- Those that have experienced falls in the past
- Those who just don’t move or walk with the confidence they used to have
- Those with muscle weakness and limited mobility
- Those who complain of dizziness or lightheadedness
- Individuals with problems with the senses, such as vision or numbness in their feet
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
- Better understanding of how to reduce the risks of falls in the home
- Develop better strength and improve balance
- Avoid injury and hospitalization
- Live independently with strength and confidence
Our developer of the Balance and Falls Prevention Program is specifically trained and certified in fall prevention as well as being a licensed physical therapist. We offer a variety of programs for both the individual needing one on one treatment (including treatment for vertigo) as well as affordable group classes to improve balance, educate in falls prevention and increase safe activity to those of ALL abilities.
Stepping on is a 7-week class series for adults 65 and over that meets once per week for two hours. Subjects covered include: the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out in your community and how to check your home for safety hazards.
This 7-week class series that meets once a week and is for those who want to increase self confidence and decrease falls, or fear of falling.
Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis
Tai Chi for Health meets once a week for 7-weeks is a gentle and easy to learn form of exercise that will improve strength, coordination,
awareness and mobility. All levels will be appropriately challenged by this class.
Individual Physical Therapy
Through evaluation and assessment of various disorders and deficits the patient will participate in treatment based specifically on his/her challenges and goals, including the treatment for BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), dizziness, balance deficits from stroke or Parkinson’s or joint replacement.
Community Engagement Request
Avista Adventist Hospital receives many requests each year asking us to sponsor/engage in community events and programs. Supporting the areas we serve in this way is a reflection of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission, vision and values. All sponsorships and events should relate to community health improvement or prevention.
- Please make your request at least 60 days prior to your event or sponsorship deadline.
- Completion of this form does not guarantee a donation or sponsorship.
- At this time, we are only able to support non-profit organizations.
- We do not fund individual schools but will consider requests at the district level.
Completed requests will be considered by an internal committee. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your request.