Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention

Impact of falls in Ontario

Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence. Falls also cost the Ontario health care system billions of dollars, resulting in avoidable visits to the Emergency Department, hospitalizations, high alternate level of care rates, and all too often, admission to long-term care homes.

Current evidence

In the fiscal year 2009:
  • 50% of injury-related hospitalizations were due to falls
  • More than 90% of all hip fractures are due to falls
  • 55 per 1,000 seniors visited the ED due to a fall
  • 13 per 1,000 seniors were hospitalized due to a fall

Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among seniors. And yet, most falls are avoidable with proper education, awareness, screening, assessment, intervention and prevention.

Overview and alignment with provincial priorities of the Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Project

To address this, Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) partnered to develop an Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit to improve quality of life for Ontario seniors aged 65 years and over, and to lessen the impact of falls on the health care system by reducing the number and impact of falls.

This project aligns with government and LHIN priorities to reduce alternate level of care and Emergency Department wait times as well as the province's Excellent Care for All Act and public health's Injury Prevention and Health Communities strategies.

To view a copy of the Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit, click here.