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. While being preventable, falls result in seniors needing to seek care in Emergency Departments (ED) or be hospitalized. This leads to higher Alternate Level of Care (ALC) rates, higher costs to the health care system, and all too often, admission to long-term care homes.
- 50% of injury-related hospitalizations were due to falls
- More than 90% of all hip fractures are due to falls
What is the Framework and Toolkit?
Many organizations are already doing great work to reduce falls among seniors. To help further improve on the work being done, an Integrated Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit was launched. The framework and toolkit pulls together leading practices, programs and resources to create a coordinated, consistent approach to measure the effectiveness of falls prevention interventions across the province.
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Public Health Units partnered to develop the Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit. The framework and toolkit will help to reduce the number and lesson the impact of falls so we can improve both the quality of life for Ontario seniors and our health care system.
The Erie St. Clair LHIN implemented an Integrated Falls Prevention Program to address our local falls prevention needs. The Erie St. Clair LHIN is working closely with our Public Health Units and funded health service providers to ensure the framework and toolkit is successfully used.
Aligned With Priorities
The Integrated Falls Prevention Program aligns with government and LHIN priorities to reduce ALC and ED wait times as well as the province’s Excellent Care for All Act and public health’s Injury Prevention and Healthy Communities strategies.