Falls are the No. 1 cause of hospitalization resulting from injury amongst Canadians aged 65 and older
November is Fall Prevention Month, an annual Canadian campaign aimed at raising awareness of the impact fall-related injury has on the greater health-care sector and generating ideas to prevent falls from happening.
As part of the month, people and health-care organizations are urged to focus on raising awareness of the importance of fall prevention by promoting fall prevention in the workplace as well as on social media by sharing successful best practices.
On its website, the Government of Canada says falls are the No. 1 cause of hospitalization resulting from injury amongst Canadians aged 65 and older.
The website also notes that falls have an adverse effect on seniors’ quality of life as well as a negative impact on the greater health-care system.
In 2018, the direct cost of falls resulting in injury amongst Canadians 65 and older was $5.6 billion, the government says.
OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have a strong focus on fall prevention. Physiotherapy, exercise programs, toileting regimens, family education and ensuring home areas are properly lit are among the initiatives homes take to mitigate falls.
Physiotherapy and exercise programs help enhance mobility. Assisting residents with regular toileting helps decrease the risk of a person trying to stand up on their own to make their way to the washroom. Making sure areas are well-lit helps people see where they’re going.
The Fall Prevention Month website is asking people and organizations to collaborate to promote fall prevention awareness and share ideas.
“Together we can raise the profile of fall prevention and encourage everyone to see their role in preventing falls and fall-related injuries across the lifespan,” the website says.
Click here to learn more about Fall Prevention Month.
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