Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum

This evidence-based seniors fall prevention strategy for health care providers in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington is an innovative knowledge exchange project supporting sustainable change in practice. The project piloted an enhanced delivery model of the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum (CFPC) with multidisciplinary teams of health care providers involved in the care of seniors. Visit www.sageducation.ca to view course description.
 
Participants included those working in long-term care, retirement care, home care and community support services settings from the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region.

The aim is to promote accessibility of the CFPC program and improve falls prevention strategy outcomes by incorporating distance learning through the use of a Learning Content Management System (LCMS): www.sageducation.ca

Utilizing a virtual classroom feature, presenters delivered the CFPC course material while engaging participants in sharing of experiences and ideas which provided the building blocks for the design of agency specific falls prevention strategies. The scheduled online learning events were complemented by ongoing coaching and consultation which will continue through the implementation phase of the agency specific falls prevention programs.

This project aims to set the standard for evidence-based seniors’ fall prevention planning throughout the KFL&A region and spread of information throughout South Eastern Ontario. The evaluation of this project is supported in part by an early researcher grant from the Ontario Research Coalition.


OUTCOMES

Projected outcomes for this capacity building project include:

  • Improved accessibility of the CFPC for interdisciplinary teams through which teams developed or improved falls prevention strategies for their organization
  • Increased engagement by addressing current barriers to participation in educational initiatives such as cost and time through the introduction and adoption of online learning strategies designed to support synchronous and asynchronous skill-based training
  • Increased the number of individuals and multi-disciplinary teams trained in CFPC in KFL&A
  • Enhanced participant knowledge and awareness and use of best practices for the implementation of falls prevention strategies

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Representative Long-Term Care Homes, Home Care, and Community Care Service Agencies in South East Ontario