Fall risk screening and assessment in older adults: an overview of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) in Ontario (2022)
An Environmental Scan of Older Adult Fall Prevention Indicators (2020)
Screening and Assessment Tools for Falls in Older Adults in Ontario (2020)
The Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative (OFPC), Knowledge Resource Working Group has developed a draft document to help health systems partners and professionals in locating the right screening or assessment tools for fall prevention for older adults in Ontario. The purpose of this document is to provide a first version of what currently exists as screening or assessment tools for falls in older adults within Ontario. However, further work needs to be done around recommendations from the Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative on fall prevention screening and assessment tools with high impact for the intended target population, broken down by sector. Further engagement with various provincial and national stakeholders is underway, and an updated phase 2 version of this resource document will be shared upon that time.
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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults ages 65 years and older: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep
Focus on women (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 20, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)
Theme: Balance Flow Yoga: A Community-Based Intervention for Peri and Post-Menopausal Women
Presenters: Dr. Brenna Bath, Dr. Cathy Arnold and Shelly Prosko, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan Prosko PhysioYoga
Focus on Indigenous peoples: Part 2 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 19, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme: It takes a village to prevent a fall – how Loop helps you stay connected and informed
Presenter: Shameeza Allard, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Focus on Indigenous peoples: Part 1 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 19, 2020 from 12pm to 1:30pm (EST)
Theme 1: Pan-Canadian Fall Prevention Training: Current and Future Opportunities
Presenter: Dr. Vicky Scott, School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
Theme 2: Indigenous Fall Prevention Network: An Overview
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Belton, Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Falls among older adults: Part 4 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 18, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme 1: #FallPreventionCanada
Presenter: Valerie Smith, Parachute
Theme 2: Functional Independance in Acute Care
Presenter: Suzanne Baker, Nova Scotia Health
Theme 3: The Injury Pyramid of Impacts and Injuries to Body Parts from Video-Captured Falls in Long-term-care
Presenter: Dr. Vicki Komisar, Simon Fraser University
Theme 4: Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Falls and Fractures in Residents of Long-Term Care
Presenter: Kathleen Kulyk, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Theme 5: Seniors’ Falls in Canada
Presenter: Wendy Thompson and Joanne Bowater, Public Health Agency of Canada
Falls among older adults: Part 3 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 18, 2020 from 12pm to 1 pm (EST)
Theme: Strong, Balanced and FAST: Working Together to Prevent Fall-Related injuries in Older Adults
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Arnold, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan
Theme 2: Assessing mobility and safety of people with dementia using mobility aids to prevent falls
Presenter: Dr. Susan Hunter, School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario
Falls among older adults: Part 2 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 17, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme 1: Finding Balance: Prevention Older Adult Falls in an Evolving Context
Presenter: Nan Shybunka, Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Theme 2: Medications and Fall Risk: Educational Outreach as an Intervention Strategy
Presenter: Loren Regier, Canadian Academic Detailing Collaboration (RxFiles AD and CEP AD)
Theme 3: Medication Prescribed to Ontario Older Adults One Year prior to a fall-related injury
Presenter: Yu Ming, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University
Theme 4: Falls Risk Assessment and Management for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Developing a BC Clinical Practice Guideline
Presenters: Denise Beaton and Megan Oakey, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Falls among older adults: Part 1 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 17, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)
Theme 1: Steppin’ Up with Confidence Plus: The Development and Delivery of a Community Falls Prevention Exercice Program
Presenter: Kristine MacDonald, Prairie Mountain Health
Theme 2: Care Communities – An Opportunity for Upstream Fall Prevention
Presenter: Phyllis Hegstrom, Home Instead Senior Care
Theme 3: Remembering When – Fire Departments Working fo Prevent Fire and Falls
Presenter: Dori Krahn, Saskatoon Fire Department
Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Course
This short, practical fall-prevention course is designed for home health care aides who provide day-to-day in-home care for frail older adults or persons with disabilities. In addition to training, after the course is completed, optional renewable access to the SAIL Resources is available to graduates, as well as to organizations such as home care agencies, health authorities and community health services.
Exercise for Preventing Falls for Older People Living in the Community
This review assesses the effects (benefits and harms) of exercise interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community.
Hip fracture: Care for people with fragility fractures
This resource provides a guide for patients; the guide for clinicians; an information brief demonstrating why the quality standard is needed; quality improvement tools and resources; and performance indicators to help clinicians and organizations track their progress against the standard.
Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) Fall Videos
[Offered by Simon Fraser University] TIPS is a unique university-community partnership for developing new technologies to prevent falls and fall- related injuries in older adults. TIPS uses innovative approaches (such as video capture and wearable sensors) to determine the causes and circumstances of falls of older adults. We also develop and test the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries.
Step Ahead to Fall Prevention Training
[Developed in partnership between York Region Public Health and Toronto Public Health] The e-learning module is for health care providers, caregivers and individuals who provide care to older adults. The program consists of two modules. Module 1 on Fall Prevention is available to complete online at your own pace.
Positive Steps Work
[Provided by Durham Region Health Department] This evidence-based course helps you to understand how a fall affects seniors, their family and the healthcare system. It looks at the risks that can lead to a fall; and caregiver, family and of seniors’ point of view and the importance of fall prevention. Finally, it helps to identify community resources to help prevent falls.
Learn how to prevent falls
[Developed by Ottawa Public Health and Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)] This module is for anyone concerned about older adults who would like to learn valuable information regarding falls and fall prevention, such as:
• Personal support workers;
• Friends and family; and
• Older adults who support others close to them.
Fall Prevention Module Accredited CME
[Produced by University of Ottawa and the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, in partnership with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network] Continuing Medical Education course for physicians and health-care professionals, covering the importance of the Fall Prevention program, screening and clinical assessing patients, and referring to Geriatric Services.
Fall Prevention Education Series
[Provided by Upper Grand Family Health Team & VON Canada] A YouTube playlist. Presentations by allied health professionals from the Upper Grand Family Health Team & Wellington County area, filming and editing by Adam Olivero on behalf of Wightman Telecom (last updated on Nov 28, 2016).
Falls & Older Adults
[Offered by Centre for Studies in Aging & Health] The Falls for Older Adults online educational course is designed for health care providers’ continuing education and professional development. The course aims to improve knowledge about falls prevention, screening for risk, assessment and interventions for fall prevention.
Slips Trips and Fall Prevention e
[Offered by the Public Services Health & Safety Association] Slips, trips and falls are common workplace occurrences that can result in serious injuries and disabilities to workplace parties. This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries in the workplace that are the result of slips, trips or falls from the same level, and from heights. The purpose is to provide awareness and information on generic STF legislation, duties, responsibilities, hazard awareness and controls.
Community Care Slips, Trips and Falls
[Offered by the Public Services Health & Safety Association] This community care web tutorial will describe the risk of slipping, tripping or falling in the workplace and how you can protect yourself and prevent injuries.
These community care web tutorials were developed through a collaboration with the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC).
Review of E-Learning Opportunities in Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention and Cognitive Impairment: Inventory of resources and learning opportunities for caregivers (2018)
Home Care Knowledge Network – Canadian Home Care Association
Explore the Knowledge Centre to find tools, educational modules, and informative reports to address more than 70 identified home care challenges. Choose the home care principle, select a specific policy or program issue and download the resource.
Portal for tools and resources – Canadian Patient Safety Institute
What to do after a fall…
Age-friendly communities – Public Health Agency of Canada
Bill C-81 An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada (2019)
The Accessible Canada Act enhances the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society. This is to be achieved through the realization, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, of a Canada without barriers, particularly by the identification, removal and prevention of such barriers.
A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire (2019)
The Public Health Agency of Canada shares Canada’s first national strategy on dementia to set out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals.
Seniors’ Fall Prevention and the Social Determinants of Health: A Social Policy Lens (2019)
Produced by the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP), this document:
- Provides background information on fall-related injuries among seniors;
- Highlights the social determinants of health and the evidence linking them to seniors’ fall prevention;
- Discusses activities that seek to address the social determinants of health in preventing falls among seniors; and, lastly,
- Highlights current seniors’ fall prevention initiatives by each Atlantic province and provides examples of social policies that could enhance and/or complement seniors’ fall prevention efforts.
Medication Use and Seniors (2017)
Canadian Medical Association policy update 2017.
Occupational therapists on home modification teams
Occupational therapy and fall prevention
Re-shaping the Housing Market for Aging in Place and Home Modifications (2017)
Long-term Care Best Practices Toolkit (2nd edition): Fall Prevention and Management
The following resource is designed to assist Long-Term Care (LTC) homes with the implementation of the Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult Best Practice Guideline. Provided by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
Healthy Aging through Fall Prevention among Older Aboriginal People (2011)
The Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, the Centre of Excellence on Mobility, Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging, the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, the BC Seniors Secretariat, and the University of Victoria Centre on Aging hosted a two-day symposium exploring the elements of an Aboriginal approach to Fall Prevention. The following report summarizes the agenda and rationale for the Symposium, the role of knowledge translation, key themes and emerging discussions, information generated, and suggestions for the next steps for creating an Aboriginal approach to fall prevention.
The Next Wave of Fall Prevention in British Columbia
This Special Report by the BC Fall and Injury Prevention Coalition provides an overview of the current state of fall prevention activities in BC and directions for the future based on a ‘capacities and gaps’ analysis.
Reducing Falls and Injuries from Falls Getting Started Kit: Evidence Update
The Falls GSK was developed as part of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s signature program, Safer Healthcare Now! The Falls GSK was developed to engage interdisciplinary teams in a dynamic approach for improving quality and safety on the topic of falls prevention.
The Federal Role in Eye Health and Vision Care
Better Vision for Seniors: A Public Health Imperative (2017)
Centre of Excellence on Mobility, Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging – Centre for Hip Health Research & Mobility, BC
CEMFIA represents a unique collaborative of researchers, health care providers and policy makers with a shared goal of improving the health and safety of older British Columbians. Our mandate is to enhance mobility and reduce the risk for falls and fall-related injuries among older British Columbians, in partnership with the BC Fall and Injury Prevention Coalition, the CHHM, the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, University partners, and other fall prevention stakeholders in British Columbia.
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging – University of Western Ontario
The CCAA is a unique, national research and education centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western. It promotes physical activity and well-being for older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, education, and community-based exercise programs. Its education and leadership training programs instruct thousands of individuals across Canada in standard, evidence-based practices to enhance the functional fitness of older adults at every level of mobility.
Dementia and falls – Canadian Institute for Health Information
Falls and vehicle collisions top causes of injury hospitalizations for seniors – Canadian Institute for Health Information
Indigenous Fall Prevention Symposium Report to the Public Health Agency of Canada (2018)
Slips, trips and falls: Our newest data reveals causes of injury hospitalizations and ER visits in Canada – Canadian Institute for Health Information
Fall and injury prevention – Mc
Master Optimal Aging Portal
Consult evidence-based blog posts, web resource ratings and evidence summaries for trustworthy information about health and social aspects of aging.
Falls Prevention Clinic – Vancouver Coastal Health
Enhancing mobility while preventing falls and fractures through evidence-based practice and research.
Home Care Safety Virtual Improvement Collaborative
A cutting-edge approach to falls management in the home setting, launched by the The Canadian Home Care Association, together with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Through shared learning, teams from a different jurisdictions and provider types work with each other and recognized safety experts to rapidly test and implement changes that lead to sustained improvement.
Falls Prevention Program – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
The Falls Prevention Program helps patients prevent falls. At your first visit, you will be seen by a nurse, physiotherapist and doctor to identify why you have been falling. They work with you on your physical abilities, provide you with recommendations for lifestyle changes and discuss with you whether you need to modify your home to make sure you’re safe. In making assessments, they check your balance, mobility, muscle strength and if you have a fear of falling.
Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART)
Community-based, volunteer-led exercise programs for seniors that accommodate all levels of ability.
Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™)
Health care and community organizations working together to make exercise more accessible, do-able and fun! The group exercise program is designed by physiotherapists at Toronto Rehab, and led by fitness instructors in community centres across the country, presently in dozens of locations and growing.
Home Modification Council – Canadian Home Builders’ Association
This Council supports many aspects of aging in place for Canada’s seniors and for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, including: appropriate home modifications; appropriate training for renovators; access to occupational therapists, trained architects/designers, and community care professionals; information about disability funding organizations, government loans, grants & tax credits, and assistive device and industry representatives.
Loop, Fall Prevention Community of Practice
Loop is the online communication platform that brings together frontline workers, practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners working for the health and independence of the public through fall prevention. Loop is a place to problem-solve together and discuss how to implement evidence-informed and promising practices.
Stay on Your Feet – Timiskaming Health Unit
Stay on Your Feet – North East Local Health Integration Network
Stay on Your Feet – North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
Clinical Best Practice Guidelines: Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls (Fourth Edition, 2017)
Strategies and Actions for Independent Living
The Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) fall prevention program is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed for community health workers (CHWs) and home health professionals (HHPs) who provide support to clients who receive home support services.
Finding Balance Alberta
Finding Balance is a falls prevention program that provides seniors and practitioners with the latest information and resources to help seniors live an active and independent lifestyle. The program uses real life strategies that older adults can use to lower their risk of a fall.
Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum (2017)
The CFPC provides those working with older adults the knowledge and skills needed to apply a public health approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Participants learn how to design, implement and evaluate a fall prevention program tailored to their work or community setting.
Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care (2014)
The negative impact of falls highlights a need to understand the burden of falls on Canadians and the health system.
- How are Canadian health care organizations progressing with falls prevention programs? – Which populations are at greatest risk of falls?
- What tools are available to support organizations?
In the report Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care, Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) take a closer look at these questions and share information about falls and falls prevention in acute care, long-term care, and home care settings.
Seniors’ Falls in Canada (Second report, 2014)
Stay On Your Feet – Australia
Stay On Your Feet® is Western Australia’s falls prevention program for older adults living in the community. Stay On Your Feet® aims to reduce falls and fall-related injuries among older adults living in the community and encourages older adults to feel confident in independent living.
Fall Prevention Month
With a vison that all Canadians play a role in preventing falls, Fall Prevention Month’s mission is to equip health and service providers, business, government and academics with the tools to raise awareness and engage their communities in preventing falls and fall-related injuries.