Fall Prevention for Seniors
The program provides:
- Assessment and intervention for high-risk seniors
- Advocacy and identification of gaps in services for seniors
How We Help
A team member is available to meet with each senior in their home to do a fall risk assessment and to identify risk factors. Together with the senior (and family and/or caregiver), a plan is created to reduce the risk of future falls. This plan includes home modifications, an in-home exercise program to improve balance and strength, and education about safety and healthy living.
Who We Serve
To access the WEIFPP program, seniors must live within the PQCHC area or the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre catchment area. To find out if you live in the required catchment area, please enter your address at http://www.coalitionottawa.ca/en/find-your-chrc.aspx.
Referrals are accepted from seniors who meet all of the following:
- Have had 1 or more indoor falls or many 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 LHIN Home and Community Care Services or a day hospital
- Are willing and able to take part in reducing their falls
Services are offered Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in clients’ homes. Services are provided in English or French with interpreters available for other languages.
To make a referral, please call the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre at 613-820-4922 ext 3560 or by fax at 613-288-3407.
In Ottawa, falls are currently the number one cause of injuries, resulting in emergency room visits and hospitalization for seniors. This checklist is here to help you assess whether you are at risk for falling. Older adults are encouraged to complete this checklist and to follow-up with their healthcare provider as needed.