Stay Up, Keep Up!
Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence. They are a leading cause of injury and death among seniors. And yet, most falls are avoidable with proper education, awareness, screening, assessment, intervention and prevention.
Falls also cost the Ontario health care system billions of dollars, resulting in avoidable visits to the emergency department, hospitalizations, high Alternate Level of Care rates, and all too often, admission to long-term care homes.
To address this, Ontario’s LHINs and Public Health Units partnered to develop an Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit to improve quality of life for Ontario seniors aged 65 years and over, and to lessen the impact of falls on the health care system by reducing the number and impact of falls.
Champlain LHIN, in partnership with our Public Health Units, is implementing a LHIN-wide Integrated Falls Prevention Program, with flexibility to ensure local needs are addressed appropriately.
To keep seniors independent, the LHIN played a crucial role in preventing falls among seniors. The Champlain Regional Falls Prevention Program’s working group continued to build its strategic framework, increasing knowledge and capacity across the region.
The LHIN brought partners together to create a system-wide approach that involves all sectors, seniors and providers to identify and reduce risk of falls, and guides interventions based on client needs.
The working group includes representatives from the four public health units, Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, Champlain CCAC, community health centres, community support services, hospitals, and primary care.
Important progress for helping seniors avoid falls included:
- Through the public health units, increased public awareness through common messaging, and coordinated distribution to primary care providers of a self-management checklist and guidance for seniors
- Distribution of a decision-tree tool for primary care providers to help them identify and address falls risks in their older patients; and
- Best-practice education and training for providers across sectors.
For more information on Falls Prevention, please contact Christine Gagné-Rodger, LHIN Senior Integration Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 613.747.3262).