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Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Project

LHINC VALUE STREAM: Integration, System Alignment and Coordination  

Background:

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury related hospitalizations and accidental deaths among Canadian seniors and can often be prevented through effective interventions. Falls often lead to avoidable emergency room visits, hospitalizations and admissions to long-term care homes – reducing quality of life for seniors and contributing to increases in Alternative Level of Care (ALC) rates. Many Ontario health service providers and Public Health Units are delivering falls prevention initiatives, however many of these initiatives are being implemented in a fragmented manner.

This project aims to provide an Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Public Health Units and other Health Services Providers that will promote collaboration and integration amongst all key parties as well as collate existing falls prevention leading practices.

Project deliverable:

  • An Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit to guide the LHINs in implementing effective LHIN wide falls prevention programs.

Current state: (As of March 31, 2011)

A working group was established under the leadership of Bernie Blais, CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Chair of the Council of Medical Officers of Health and CEO and Medical Officer of Health of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. The working group includes representation from the LHIN, public health, community care access centres, community health centres, community support services, long-term care, mental health and addictions, Regional Geriatric Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Medical Association, Ontario Agency of Health Protection and Promotion and Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and will provide expert advice and input on leading falls prevention practices and the implementation of these leading practices across the LHINs.

An initial high level document scan of all 14 LHINs was conducted to understand current falls prevention initiatives that the LHINs are involved in. This was followed by more in-depth surveys and interviews with selected LHINs, Ontario Medical Officers of Health, subject matter experts, and working group members.

The end of the Phase I of this project will be marked by the completion of the Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit in the summer of 2011. Phase II will begin thereafter and will focus on the implementation of the framework and toolkit.

Please click here for the communiqués on this project.

Contact:

lhincollaborative@lhins.on.ca