South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy
South East Ontario has the highest proportion of older adults in the province1. Falls among this population are a significant issue and can often lead to hospitalization, long-term care, and even death2. As this population continues to grow, a strategy with an emphasis on prevention would improve the livelihood of older adults. Numerous partners in our region have been consulted and have identified gaps and fragmentation in our current health care system. Better integration of services could improve the quality of care provided to older adults.
A number of regional stakeholders have convened to form a Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Steering Committee dedicated to the advancement of this strategy. The South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Steering Committee is comprised of the following stakeholders:
- The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care
- Carveth Care Centre
- Community & Primary Health Care
- Gateway Community Health Centre
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
- Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
- Lennox & Addington County General Hospital
- Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital
- Queen's School of Rehabilitation Therapy
- South East Community Care Access Centre
- South East Local Health Integration Network
- The Victorian Order of Nurses
- Upper Canada Family Health Team
This is an overview of the project deliverables
Fall Prevention Community of Practice: LOOP
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Exercise, Falls Prevention and Management Programs and Services- Survey Report
(see top of this page for available PDF)
A Follow-up Presentation was delivered via webinar on June, 23, 2016.
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Oct. 2016 Strategy Summary Document
We are pleased to share with you an update of our activities to date which includes an updated summarized version of the strategy that has been endorsed by the South East LHIN and reflects feedback from the webinar and survey completed in June 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for sharing in the task of creating a strategy that will foster collaboration and integration. To view the Strategy Summary document click on here. Our activities and the Strategy will continue to be adapted to reflect new and ongoing stakeholder engagement and input including the perspective of older adults.We continue to encourage your participation and feedback via email at email@example.com.
Launch of fallprevention.southeasthealthline.ca
This website is the result of collaborative efforts from the South East Community Care Access Centre and the South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy. It was created as an effort to improve system navigation, increase awareness and accessibility to prevention and management programs and services in South East Ontario.
The website was designed to help older adults, their care partners and health care providers find fall prevention programs, services and resources related to: being active, managing health, foot care and footwear, eating well for life, housing, managing medications, improving balance, eyesight and hearing and hazards. To provide user feedback please follow this user guide and complete the survey linked to within.
There is a health care provider side to the site to help find sector specific resources as well as research, educational and networking opportunities, upcoming events, quality improvement and other helpful resources.
2017 Updated Strategy Summary Document
Our updated strategy summary document provides new information about working group formation, activities and more. The invitation to participate and provide feedback is ongoing. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Newsletter Campaign
This fall we continue to share updates with our broader stakeholder list to let them know what is happening in the region as well as share news about tools and resources to support fall prevention. Links to copies of the newsletters are available below. Please feel free to share these broadly. To receive these newsletters directly please sign up here.
Sept. 2017 - Update from the Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy
Oct. 2017 - Are you ready for fall prevention month?
Nov. 1 2017 - Fall Prevention Month is Here!
Nov. 10 2017 - Fall Prevention Events this November
Nov. 30 2017 - Ways to Promote Fall Prevention ALL Year
Staying Active, Safe & Healthy in Our Communities Calendar
Through the combined efforts of our Public Awareness & Education and Engagement & Advocacy working groups and member participation from the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program we are pleased to share a pdf copy of this 14 month fall prevention calendar. 5000 copies of the calendar were distributed to organizations across South East Ontario targeting older adults to increase awareness of fall risk factors, programs and services available in our communities, online resources, ways to reduce fall risk and the role communities play in fall prevention. If your organization is interested in distributing calendars please sign up here.
On November 17, 2017 a calendar launch event was hosted to celebrate this accomplishment and to raise awareness of this initiative and our group's efforts. 16 different organizations serving older adults in South East Ontario participated. A copy of the presentation given is available here.
In the late winter and early spring of 2018, stakeholders across South East Ontario were invited to provide feedback on the Staying Active, Safe & Health in Our Communities Calendars through online surveys, focus groups, hard copy surveys and interviews. Survey feedback was collected from mid February to late April 2018 and findings will be shared.
2018 Newsletter Campaign
This winter we continued to share updates with our broader stakeholder list to let them know what is happening in the region as well as share news about tools and resources to support fall prevention. Links to copies of the newsletters are available below. Please feel free to share these broadly. To receive these newsletters directly please sign up here.
March 1, 2018 - Preventing Falls
March 20, 2018 - March Update
April 12, 2018 - April Updates
May 1, 2018 - May Update
August 20, 2018- August Updates
October 24, 2018 - It's Almost Fall Prevention Month!
1Ontario Ministry of Finance, (Fall 2014). Ontario Population Projections (2013-2041). Date extracted: January 2nd 2016. Retrieved on December 2nd 2016 from: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/economy/demographics/projections/projections2013-2041.pdf
2Public Health Agency of Canada. (2014). Seniors' falls in Canada: Second report Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved on December 12th 2015 from: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/seniors_falls-chutes_aines/assets/pdf/seniors_falls-chutes_aines-eng.pdf