SAFE: Central Valley Coalition
What We Offer
Balance Screenings for Older Adults
The screenings for Fall 2019 will take place on September 24 and November 7, by appointment only. You will be given multiple assessments to determine your strength, balance, and ultimately your risk for falling. A licensed physical therapist and nurse practitioner will be present for all testing.
- Watch this video to learn more about the balance screenings.
- Listen to this podcast to learn more about fall prevention: The 5/20/18 episode of KFSR's Fresno State Service In Action with guest host Jackie Ryle and guests Fresno State Department of Physical Therapy Chair, Dr. Peggy Trueblood and Fresno State student Nazanin Ghanadan about the Balance Clinics offered by the department and how they serve the local population and provide practical experience for students
- More information about the balance screenings on the Fresno State LiveWell Blog
Assessments take approximately 1 hour. At the end of the screening, all participants will receive education materials and some type of SAFE Aging Intervention (described in detail below). In 6 months, you will be screened again to determine if the intervention led to an increase in your strength and balance.
Please download this flier to distribute to community groups regarding our balance screenings for older adults.
- Donations Appreciated
How to Sign Up for a Balance Screening
If you are interested in signing up for a Balance Screening, please contact SAFE at (559) 278-7539.
Please download a Physician's Clearance Form from the link below and have a Doctor sign it and fax to (559) 278-3635. You can also bring the signed form to the screening, but we need it in order to screen you.
Possible SAFE Aging Recommendations from Participation at a Balance Screening
**Not currently offered at this time**
This is a group structured class that meets 2x/week for a 1-hour class. The program
was designed by Dr. Debra Rose (Center for Successful Aging at California State University,
Fullerton) who has over 20 years of experience working with older adults with balance-related
During the class, participants receive individualized balance training according to the documented impairments obtained from the assessments. Equipment used will be similar to that of a traditional physical therapy clinic such as, but not limited to the following: foam rolls, rocker-boards, balance beams, Swiss balls, air-ex pads, and dyna-discs. History of FallProof™ here.
SAFE Aging Informational Presentations by the SAFE Speakers Bureau
- Donations Appreciated
We provide 30 minute presentations including education materials for community, senior, or medical professional groups.
Contact us for more information about how to individualize your presentation and/or training for your group (minimum 25 people) about fall prevention risk factors, home safety, local resources and the predictable and preventable nature of falls.
Please download, fill out and fax (559) 278-3635 a presentation request form at the link below.
SAFE Mini-Balance Screening Training
We provide mini-balance screening training to individuals and groups that work with older adults. The training includes competency testing in the 8 Foot Up and Go and the 30 Second Chair Stand. We offer this training for SAFE members who would like to help at health fairs, FallProof classes, and Balance Screenings as well as senior service providers, health professionals, and community members who would like to perform mini-balance screenings on older adults at their facilities or in the community. At the end of the 3 hour training you will be tested in your competency to perform these tests and your knowledge in fall risk factors and given a certificate when you pass.
If you are interested in signing up for SAFE Mini-Balance Screening Training for you or your staff, please contact SAFE at (559) 278-7539
For More Information
Contact the Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: (559) 278-7539