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QUALITY AND SAFETY: A Renewed Committment

On Solid Ground (3/3)  
Eastern Health’s Fall Prevention and Intervention Program 
Published on Connect Magazine, Fall 2012

Megan has high hopes for the program.

“That puts us very well on track to achieve 100 per cent implementation at Eastern Health by March 2013,” she says. “Those statistics translate into a safer
environment for our residents, as we all become better informed on prevention, thus reducing either the number or the severity of falls.”

Team Effort
Fall prevention requires a collective approach, involving physiotherapists,  occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physicians and nursing staff. “The Falls Prevention and Intervention Program is designed to increase safety and decrease falls; however, only by working in partnership with our colleagues,
residents and their family members will we continue to reap the benefits we have already begun to see,” adds Megan.

“At the end of the day, we all want the same thing – to keep those in our care as comfortable, safe and healthy as possible.” ■
 
Regional Efforts

Falls are not limited to long-term care settings. Other program areas within Eastern Health have made great strides in reducing the incidence of falling.

The Coronary Care Unit at the Health Sciences Centre initiated a ‘Call, Don’t Fall’ program in January 2011, and since that time fall rates have dropped by a dramatic 78 per cent!

The Home and Community Care clinics at Eastern Health also provide assistance to people living at home who require support in falls prevention. This may include referral to a physiotherapist who can work on exercises to improve strength and balance, or to an occupational therapist who will assess a home environment to eliminate risk factors and maximize safety.

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Updated Sep 25, 2012