Stay Up, Keep Up!
Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence.
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. For example, in 2009:
- 50% of injury-related hospitalizations were due to falls;
- >90% of all hip fractures are due to falls; 55 per 1,000 seniors visited the emergency room due to a fall; and
- 13 out of 1,000 seniors were hospitalized due to a fall.
Falls 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.
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.
Even though a LHIN-wide falls prevention program already exists in the Champlain LHIN, we – along with our health service providers and partners - will be using the framework and toolkit to strengthen our program and ensure consistency is achieved where required.
For more information on Falls Prevention, please contact Christine Gagne-Rodger, LHIN Senior Integration Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 613.747.3262).