Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit

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Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence.  Fall also cost the Ontario health-care system billions of dollars, resulting in avoidable visits to the Emergency Department, hospitalizations, high Alternate Level of Care rates, and all too often, admission to long-term care homes. 

In the fiscal year 2009:  

  • 50% of injury-related hospitalizations were due to falls; 
  • >90% of all hip fractures are due to falls; 
  • 55 per 1,000 seniors visited the ED due to a fall; and 
  • 13 per 1,000 seniors were hospitalized due to a fall. 

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. 

To address this, Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Public Health Units partnered to develop an Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit to improve quality of life for Ontario seniors aged 65 years and over, and to 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 days and Emergency Department wait times, aligning with the Excellent Care for All Act and public health’s Injury Prevention and Healthy Communities strategies. 

Many organizations are already doing great work to reduce falls among seniors. This Framework & 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. 

North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, will be implementing a LHIN-wide Integrated Falls Prevention Program, with flexibility to ensure local needs are addressed appropriately.

Even though a LHIN-wide falls prevention program already exists in North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, we – along with our health service providers and partners - will be using the Framework & Toolkit to strengthen our program and ensure consistency is achieved where required. 

We have shared the Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit with our stakeholders and will be working with them to implement the key actions outlined in this report.

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For information on the Integrated Regional Falls Program in North Simcoe Muskoka, please contact Sandra Easson-Bruno at sandra.eassonbruno@lhins.on.ca.