Professional Resources

BACKGROUNDERS

The Burden of Falls in Canada

  • This document includes current and impactful evidence describing the personal, economic and healthcare system burden of falls among older adults in Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg, as well as the role of place and income in fall injury. Colleagues and community partners may wish to consult this document for a more comprehensive understanding of the current landscape of falls, to ensure consistency of evidence among professionals, as well as to merit fall prevention and injury reduction efforts.

INFOGRAPHICS

After a Fall: An Older Adult’s Journey

  • What happens after an older adult falls? This infographic shows the journey a community-dwelling older adult takes through the health care system after having a fall resulting in injury. Eight steps to reduce the risk of a fall and fall injury are offered. Intended for the public (primarily older adults and their caregivers), as well as health care providers.

The Impact of Falls on our Health Care System

  • Falls are the leading cause of significant injury among older adults. While an older adult’s care can result in a variety of health care system usages and intensities, the impact is burdensome to our health care system. This infographic shows the staggering and lengthy effect falls have on our health care system. Intended for health care providers.

The Cost of the Falls for our Health Care System

  • Each year in Manitoba, falls are the most expensive injury and cost our health care system $345 million. This infographic describes the costly impacts associated with a fall, from the acute portion of care to after discharge, such as home care, residential care and disability. Intended for health care providers.

Evidence

We selected some of our favourite Canadian websites that we believe will support you to improve the implementation of evidence-informed fall prevention practices. We will continue to update, so please come back regularly!

Staying On Your Feet Resources for Older Adults

8 Steps to Stay on Your Feet (2018) is a brochure that aims to raise awareness on how you can reduce falls and fall-related injuries. A limited number of brochures have been printed for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority public health professionals. To request hard copies, please contact injuryinfo@wrha.mb.ca

Staying on Your Feet Fall Prevention Videos

A series of  videos aimed at helping reduce falls has been produced by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  These can be shared with clients, posted to your website and downloaded and used on closed circuit TVs in waiting rooms.

Resources You Can Order

All of the resources below are available free of charge for public health professionals through the Materials Distribution Agency (MDA). This link includes the inventory listing, instructions on ordering and the order form: Materials Distribution Agency

A Checklist to Help You Prevent Falls (2015) helps you identify what is putting you at risk of falling

Take Action To Prevent Falls Booklet (2015) contains the above checklist to help you identify what is putting you at risk of falling, provides information on what you can do to reduce the risks and has tools to help you make a plan

Home Balance and Strength Exercises (2016) contains pictures and step-by-step instructions of five exercises that you can do at home to improve your strength and balance

Proper Footwear Can Help Prevent Falls helps you choose the best footwear to decrease your risk of falling

Exercise for Strength and Balance – 11 x 17″ poster

Vitamin D, Prevent Falls and Injuries – 11 x 17″ poster

Medications and Risk of Falling – 11 x 17″ poster

Proper Footwear Prevents Falls – 11 x 17″ poster