South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy

Publication/Event Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016
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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


Project Deliverables

This is an overview of the project deliverables 

RIAF- November 17th 2015: Regional Integrated Falls Prevention and Management

Fall Prevention Community of Practice: LOOP
Join us on this online communication platform that brings together individuals from across Canada working on Falls Prevention.

2015 Falls Prevention and Management Stakeholders Meeting- Presentations and full report

Exercise, Falls Prevention and Management Programs and Services- Survey Report

(see top of this page for available PDF)

South East Ontario Falls Prevention & Management Directories

A Follow-up Presentation was delivered via webinar on June, 23, 2016.
http://sagelink.ca/regional_integrated_falls_prevention_and_management_strategy_webinar_jun_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 fall.prevention@lhins.on.ca.

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.

To learn how to have your organization, program or service information added to fallprevention.southeasthealthline.ca  click here.

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 fall.prevention@lhins.on.ca 

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
http://mailchi.mp/0ea1630f999e/update-from-the-regional-integrated-fall-prevention-management-strategy

Oct. 2017 - Are you ready for fall prevention month?
http://mailchi.mp/f6fce3b6b4a9/are-you-ready-for-fall-prevention-month

Nov. 1 2017 - Fall Prevention Month is Here!
http://mailchi.mp/930ef3821caa/fall-prevention-month-is-here-223125

Nov. 10 2017 - Fall Prevention Events this November
http://mailchi.mp/1affc0195ac1/fall-prevention-month-is-here-203057

Nov. 30 2017 - Ways to Promote Fall Prevention ALL Year
http://mailchi.mp/6ddae4bd2f2a/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.

Your feedback is important to us. If you are a service provider who would like to share your thoughts about the calendar we invite you to please participate in this short survey.
http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eeskcas3j9ioy2oi/a001jal994is/questions 

References:

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