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Falls Assessment and Prevention
Home, Hospital, and Extended Care

Lynn S. Alvord
192 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
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As Alvord explains in this comprehensive guide to falls prevention, diagnosis, and therapy, more than one-third of adults ages 65 or older fall each year. Among seniors, falls are the underlying cause of a large proportion of fatal traumatic brain injuries. On the positive side, much can be done to prevent injury from falls in the aging population. This book is an ideal guide for clinicians who see patients at risk for falling. It provides complete assessment and treatment plans, incorporating the most recent developments of new balance test equipment and techniques for balance function rehabilitation. The detailed section on assessment covers vestibular, cardiovascular, neurological, rheumatology, metabolic, orthopedic, psychological, cognitive, visual and physical therapy factors. Therapy and prevention chapters cover physical therapy, occupational therapy, and exercise and behavioral modification. A final chapter explains falls prevention programs and clinics. Case studies throughout illustrate successful versus unsuccessful assessment and treatment programs.

Read an interview with Dr. Alvord, brought to you by the American Academy of Audiology! Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Dr. Alvord about about dizziness and vertigo and the medical, behavioral and other causes of falls.


  • P. Overstall, Geriatric Medicine, County Hospital, Hereford, UK, Audiolocial Medicine. 2009; 7: 123 (2009):
    "This book describes the highly unusual fall clinic at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The clinical coordinator (the author) is an audiologist who also performs vestibular testing, and works in a team with a physician who performs the general medical examination and a physiotherapist who assesses lower limb function and gait... Such multidisciplinary working is a model that is recommended in the Royal College of Physicians working party report…and now here is the book to tell us how to do it... [T]he sections on dizziness and vestibular testing are particularly good and reflect the author’s extensive experience… I welcome his advice to practitioners not to hide behind a ‘cop-out’ diagnosis of multi-factorial when trying to establish the cause of a patient’s falls. There may indeed be several reasons, but one should try to prioritize the most important and indeed pay particular attention o those that can be treated. He rightly stresses the importance of the medical assessment in the prevention of falls... [T]his is a book that I would welcome and would recommend to audiologists and audiovestibular physicians wanting to play an active role in the falls clinic and to physicians (usually geriatricians in the UK) and clinical nurse specialists whose experience of vestibular testing may be limited."

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Scope of the Problem - Hope for Solutions
  • Balance and Mobility
  • Why We Fall
  • Dizziness as a Symptom
  • The Falls Clinic and Examination
  • Preventing Falls
  • Falls Prevention in Hospitals and Nursing Facilities
  • Case Studies
  • Appendix A: Suggested Additional Readings on Gait
  • Appendix B: Example Falls Clinic Reports and Sample Blank Forms
  • Appendix C: Safety Checklist
  • Appendix D: Alvord Falls Screening Test
  • Index

About The Author

Lynn S. Alvord

Lynn S. Alvord, PhD, is the Director of the Falls Preventions Clinic, at the Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit, Michigan.

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