About every 10 minutes in Ontario, at least one older adult (those over 65 years of age) visits an emergency department due to a fall. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.
Although these facts are scary, the good news is, you can take steps to prevent a fall:
- Watch your step wherever you are.
- Speak up about dizziness. Tell your doctor and take action.
- Keep active and exercise for strength and balance.
- Check your medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications.
For more information on falls prevention, visit the Finding Balance Ontario website. Their website includes information on how to prevent falls and provides resources for professionals working in falls prevention.
Falls Prevention Mobile Clinic
The Falls Prevention Mobile Clinic is a group of health care providers from the community who work with seniors to help maintain their independence and reduce their risk of having a fall.
The Mobile Clinic will:
- Assess what may be putting you at risk of falling.
- Educate you on how to reduce your risk of falling.
- Connect you to community programs and health services.
You should come to a clinic if you:
- Are 60 years of age or older
- Have difficulty getting around
- Live alone or in assisted living
- Want to remain independent
- Have had a fall, or a near fall
- Have a fear of falling
- Want to maintain or improve your balance
During the clinic, participants meet with health professionals’ one on one to discuss specific things known to lead to falls. Nurses, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists are some of the health care professionals who make up the team that runs the clinic. There is no cost to attend, and a full visit can last up to 2 hours.
Clinics are held once a month throughout the Windsor Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia Lambton region. To learn more, call us toll free at 1-877-301-9790.
By definition, an accident is an act of fate: an unpredictable event that could not be avoided.
Most crashes, collisions, injuries, and incidents are predictable and preventable and therefore, by definition, are not accidents.
Using the word accident to describe these examples is misleading:
- An injury due to not wearing a helmet.
- A car crash due to texting while driving.
- A trip, slip, or fall due to items on the stairs.
These incidents are not accidents. They are predictable and can be prevented.
For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation's website to learn key information on road safety.