Nine months ago, Nymbl and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center launched the “Friends don’t let Friends Fall” program in conjunction with the Arvada Fire Protection District to fight the epidemic of falls that is noted to be the number one reason for emergency medical calls.
This innovative program borrowed ideas from the Netherlands, where the country has seen significant fall reduction by removing fall hazards in people’s homes and training them about fall dangers on an obstacle course. The course is designed to increase confidence rather than feed the fear of falling. All participants were given the Nymbl Training App for use free of charge so that they could train their balance in their own homes long term.
So far, the program has surpassed expectations in terms of engagement and outcomes. We have seen excellent engagement – older adults not only will use the Nymbl balance training, but they make it a habit because it’s fun, can be done in 10 minutes, and is easy to use. Typically engagement in programs is only 5% of older adults participating. The Nymbl digital solution overcomes this barrier to success by making it readily available in a person’s home. We have seen over 50% of the attendees using the balance training in the privacy of their own home. Most encouragingly, an incredible 34% of the older adults are using the app at the therapeutic dose (meaning enough to have a known improvement in balance). Members of the FDLFF program have done over 7000 exercises, totalling more than 190 hours of exercises!
Chuck Ault, Regional Director, Community Health Improvement at SCL Health commented, “Our partnership with Nymbl allows our participants to continue balance training even after they have left our program. This extends our impact and amplifies our mission to create the opportunity for older adults to age in place by preventing injury from falls.”
Nymbl’s partnership with SCL Health has begun to impact the community as a whole. For instance, a plotting of falls in Arvada by the fire department showed that a “cluster” of falls were occurring at or near the Springwood Retirement Community. Many of the residents went through the program, and it was expanded to include daily classes in the community. Kaiona Gardon, Activities Director at Springwood, has seen a tremendous change in the community because of Nymbl. “I see more interaction between residents. They are now talking about fall prevention amongst each other. They are inviting their friends who have never been to Nymbl class. There is an ‘excitement’ in the air that wasn’t there before Nymbl. Most importantly, I see our residents encouraged about their future. I know how disheartening it has been to see other residents falling and being taken away by the paramedics. Nymbl has given our residents hope.”
Nymbl believes our partnership with SCL Health has had a significant positive impact in Arvada. A partnership like this is a great example of healthcare, healthtech and communities working together to make a real difference.