Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit
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Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury and death among seniors:
- 50% of injury-related hospitalizations are due to falls
- >90% of all hip fractures are due to falls
- 55 per 1,000 seniors visit ED due to a fall
- 13 per 1,000 seniors were hospitalized due to a fall
Falls also cost the Ontario health-care system billions of dollars through avoidable visits to the Emergency Department, hospitalizations and Alternate Level of Care rates, and admission to long-term care homes.
And yet, most falls are avoidable with proper education, awareness, screening, assessment, intervention and prevention.
To help address this, Ontario’s LHINs and Public Health Units partnered to develop an Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit. This 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 to:
- improve quality of life for Ontario seniors aged 65 years and over
- lessen the impact of falls on the health care system by reducing the number and impact of falls.
This project aligns with government and LHIN priorities to reduce Alternate Level of Care and Emergency Department wait times as well as the province’s Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 and public health’s Injury Prevention and Healthy Communities strategies.