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Falls Prevention Planning in Champlain: Article 7

CME Certified Fall Prevention module

In a cross Canada review, there were few certified Fall Prevention programs targeted towards Primary Care physicians and their healthcare professional teams. Dr. Frank Molnar, Geriatrician, and his team have changed that! The Champlain Fall Prevention Steering Committee, Dr. Molnar and the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario have worked together to deliver an interactive Fall Prevention module which utilizes the Champlain Fall Prevention tools. This online group learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 2 MainPro+ credits.

The sequential modules focus on education, client self-screening using the Staying Independent Checklist, and delivery of the appropriate and evidence-based follow up assessment and diagnosis to determine the root cause of the fall. Selecting the right intervention and referral is also covered in the module.

A complement to this CME program includes access for non-registered health care workers to an online PSW Fall Prevention module. It can be useful for volunteers, receptionists and other non-registered team members as it provides information to enable them to act as a coach and guide for their older clients and to understand the importance of self-screening and the use of the Staying Independent  Checklist as part of the Champlain Fall Prevention Algorithm.

These two modules are components of the Fall Prevention education framework to reinforce the delivery of the best practices in Fall Prevention across the continuum. Work is now being undertaken to provide other registered healthcare professionals with similar support,

All of these resources and the link to sign up for the CME module can be found through the www.stopfalls.ca website

“It’s Not Right” – Changing the Conversation to Stop Abuse of Older Adults

Become one of our 2017 Champions for Social Change

In collaboration with the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Elder Abuse Ontario and Western University invite you to be part of a provincial initiative to engage our citizens in challenging social norms and encouraging bystander interventions in support of at-risk seniors.

What YOU can do to get involved:

Contact us to register for a one-day workshop in your region (below)

At the one-day regional workshop,

  • You will learn about It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults (INR-NFF) – a proven, high performing education and engagement tool
  • You will meet other passionate advocates and professionals who have been identified as leaders and influencers
  • Together, we will set highly ‘do-able’ goals and make a coordinated regional plan to engage your community
  • You will take-away the INR-NFF tools and materials to be able to deliver presentations. Each participant will commit to delivering a minimum of 3 INR-NFF presentations by March 2018 and supporting the roll-out of their regional plan.

There is no cost for registration or for the materials.

INR regional workshop invitation – Dec 1 Eganville

JOIN US!

See how little things YOU do can make a BIG difference to change attitudes and behaviours to stop abuse of older adults

Regional workshops are being held across the province.

A workshop will be held in your region from 10am – 3pm:

DATE LOCATION
Dec. 1st        Eganville and District Seniors’ Centre (30 Bell St, Eganville, ON)

 Why you were chosen to attend: You are a professional, advocate or citizen who has been recognized by peers for your leadership and work in the area of older adults’ safety or elder abuse awareness in your community.

What the champion role requires: Participants should have experience with public speaking and making presentations. Be prepared to take action by committing to making a minimum of 3 INR-NFF presentations by March 2018 and supporting the roll out of a regional plan to engage your community in elder abuse prevention and intervention.

Register today! Spaces are limited. Registration is FREE.  Please contact Stéphanie Cadieux at east@elderabuseontario.com

Lunch will be provided (Please inform us of any food restrictions when registering)

Travel subsidies of up to $250 are available if you are traveling over 150 km to attend.

Falls Prevention Planning in Champlain: Article 5

Exercise Class Navigation Flow Chartexercise-class-in-action-1

Encouraging seniors to exercise and to be physically active is an important part of a fall prevention strategy. Exercise programs that promote balance training combined with strength and flexibility have been shown to be effective in significantly reducing falls and the injuries resulting from a fall.  LHIN funded exercise and Fall Prevention programs are available across the Champlain region, and different levels of programs for people of different abilities are provided.  However, determining which class is the right one is key to ensuring that participants gain maximum benefit from the class. Choosing the wrong level of class can be a lost opportunity to promote increased activity.

To simplify the choices and decisions for older adults, their families and health care providers, the Navigation Working Group of Champlain Fall Prevention Steering Committee has developed a flow chart. Each region has its own flow chart with local class details and contact information, but the descriptions for each level have been standardized across Champlain with consistent wording for each level of class.

 

Ottawa
Eastern Counties (Prescott Russell and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry)
Renfrew County

List of locations (Renfrew County and District)

On the reverse of the chart is the Staying Independent Checklist and seniors are urged to complete this fall-risk screening tool, although it is not a determinant of exercise and activity levels. This screen is a key first step in the Champlain Fall Prevention Algorithm of Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention.  Primary care providers should encourage their older patients to complete the Staying Independent Checklist annually and to bring issues and concerns to the primary care team.

The exercise class flow chart will be launched in November 2016 (Fall Prevention month) and will be distributed to public health units, community support services, primary care providers and other agencies, to encourage seniors to choose an active lifestyle. The flow charts can be found on the www.stopfalls.ca website under the community resources tab, and also on the Champlainhealthline website , under the Exercise Classes for Seniors button, “Which Exercise Class for me?”

For more information contact:

Christine Bidmead 

Project Manager

Champlain Falls Prevention Strategy

Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario

email: cbidmead@toh.ca

Cell Phone 519 639 3000