Local Health System Hosts Fall Themed Fall Prevention Education Event For Community.

November 3, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester organized a massive fall prevention themed education event last week and the entire medical community showed up in support. The event was called the "Fall Falls Festival" and was a huge hit for all the attended. Oaklawn Baptist Church hosted the event in their spacious activity center and the staff of the local health system put a ton of energy into decorating for the event. 

Falling and the subsequent affects of falling is one of the top reasons we lose our elderly loved ones. Statistics show that 1 in 3 Americans above the age of 65 experience falls and fall prevention was at the heart of this community education event. "Fall prevention and community education is a huge part of our common mission at STRHS to make our community healthier" said Candi Starr Hospital Administrator of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Sewanee. She added "When something as dangerous as a fall is to our elderly friends can be preventable, you just have to get the word out and educate the masses." The core group of clinicians, administrators, department leaders, and communicators rallied together to organize a highly diverse event.

Joining to over 30 healthcare businesses and healthcare providers, STRHS had over 10 different departments represented including their geriatric psychiatry unit called "Senior Advantage". The booths ranged from vendors demonstrating the value of owning a lifting chair to department leaders teaching the latest wound care methods. But not everything was so serious. Everyone in attendance was given a shot at bobbing for apples with an mechanical "grabber", a few rounds of BINGO, and the option to learn the newest line dancing moves. All and all the event was a huge success. 

A special "thank you" goes out to the Winchester Fire Department and the new owners of WCDT for doing such a wonderful job of promoting the first time event. 

For more information about fall prevention or the many unique sevices available from Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, visit www.southernTNwinchester.com.