Exercise and Falls Prevention
Falling can have a significant impact on older adults, their families and the health care system. Falls can result in a major life change for older adults including disability, loss of independence, changes in living arrangements, and even death. It is estimated that one in three older adults are likely to fall at least once per year. This is especially alarming since the South East LHIN has the highest proportion of residents over the age of 65 at more than 20% of the population.
Fortunately, falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented. We are working with providers across the health care system in an effort to reduce the incidence, impact and severity of falls and fall-related injuries in south east Ontario. As part of that effort, the Regional Integrated Fall Prevention Steering Committee and the South East LHIN are pleased to launch a fall prevention and management strategy report.
To view the news release click HERE
To view the 2016 South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy click HERE.
Exercise and Fall Prevention Classes
What are exercise and fall prevention classes?
The exercise classes for seniors are led by trained instructors, including peer facilitators or support workers, to prevent falls and injury through strength and balance exercises.
Fall prevention classes will provide seniors with instructions on how to reduce the risk of falling. Classes are led by regulated professionals including registered physiotherapist and nurses, occupational therapists and kinesiologists.
The topics covered in the fall prevention classes are varied and may include identifying fall hazards, conducting home assessments and discovering ways to safely move around.
Do I have to pay for exercise and fall prevention classes?
There is no charge to participate in exercise and fall prevention classes.
Who is eligible?
The community exercise and fall prevention classes are open to all seniors and do not require a referral from a doctor, nurse or other health provider.
How many classes will I receive?
There are no limitations on the amount of classes you wish to attend.
Typically, these classes will run year round and are held multiple times up to two (2) hours per week.
What if I live in a long-term care home?
All long-term care homes offer on-site exercise and fall prevention classes. The staff at the home can answer questions about participation and availability of these classes.
Where can I find exercise and fall prevention classes in my community?
Classes are offered in many locations in the community such as retirement homes, community centres and more. To learn if classes are offered in your area, look to the right of the webpage!
For information on how to access exercise and falls prevention classes and locations in the community please visit the Health Care Options website, or call Seniors’ INFOline at 1-888-910-1999 or TTY at 1-800-387-5559. You can also contact the South East LHIN at 613-967-0196.
For a printable version of the webpage information, view the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Fact Sheet on Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes (PDF).
Additionally - A full (printable) list of falls prevention and management resources by geographic area can be found at sagelink.ca.