Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre partners with the West End Integrated Falls Prevention Program (WEIFPP) to reduce the number and impact of falls suffered by Ottawa seniors. The free, public program works to address the following needs:
- Assessment and intervention for high-risk seniors on an individual basis
- Education, information and health promotion for seniors and caregivers on fall prevention
- Best practices education for practitioners and service providers
- Advocacy and identification of gaps in services for seniors
A member of the Falls Prevention team will meet with the senior in their home to complete a comprehensive fall risk assessment, in order to identify factors contributing to falls. In collaboration with the senior (and family/caregiver), WEIFPP develops a plan of action to reduce the risk of future falls. This plan may include home modifications, in-home exercise programs to improve balance and strength, and education regarding safety and healthy living.
Falls Prevention also provides education in the west end community for seniors, caregivers and those who work with seniors, in partnership with other agencies to promote awareness and best practices to reduce falls.
Referred seniors must be residents living within the PQCHC catchment area or the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre catchment area. Referrals may be made to the program by calling Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre at 613-820-4922 ext 3560, or by fax at 613-288-3407.
PQCHC’s Falls Prevention team accepts referrals from any source for seniors who:
Have had 1 or more indoor or multiple outdoor falls in the last year;
are 75 years of age and older;
live in their own home or in a retirement home;
are not currently receiving therapy services through CCAC or a day hospital;
are willing and able to participate in taking action to reduce falls.
Falls Prevention is offered Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30pm at PQCHC. Services are provided primarily in English or French, but may also be offered to those who speak other languages with the assistance of a cultural interpreter.
This aging at home in initiative is funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. For a full list of partner organizations, please see links in the sidebar to the right.