Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care
The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) offers self-paced orientation courses on fall prevention for clinical and non-clinical team members. Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care for Clinical Team Members teaches members in clinical roles about fall risk factors, falls risk assessments, interventions and strategies for falls prevention, and strategies for communicating about falls prevention with residents, essential care partners and other team members. Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care (Non-Clinical Team Members) teaches non-clinical team members about appropriate awareness and corresponding actions to take to effectively prevent falls and keep residents safe.
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 by older adults. TIPS also develops and tests the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries. TIPS offers four fall prevention-specific modules on their YouTube channel: What causes falls?, Hip protectors, Protect your head and Clinical risk factors.
Reactive Balance Training Toolkit (Rebal Kit)
Many people, such as older adults and individuals with stroke, are at increased risk for falls. In order to keep from falling down, people must often perform rapid and sophisticated reactions, such as stepping or grasping movements. Reactive balance training (RBT) retrains these rapid reactions. RBT has been shown to improve control of rapid balance reactions and reduce fall rates by almost half compared to no exercise or typical balance training.
An Upstream Approach to Falls Prevention (learning module)
This online learning module was developed with public health professionals in mind, as well as others who work in the community who have an opportunity to impact the lives of older adults as they age. The purpose of the module is to understand the importance of older adult falls prevention and be aware of upstream actions and strategies that can be used to address falls. The module introduces facts about falls, risk factors for falls and provides a comprehensive health promotion framework to address falls in older adults and the broader population. The module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
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.
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 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 Feb. 19, 2019).
Falls & Mobility
Falls & Mobility, offered by the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, is an online educational course designed for health care providers’ continuing education and professional development. The course aims to improve knowledge about risk factors, recommendations for screening and management strategies.
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.