Work begins on falls prevention pathway for frail older adults

Date: November 28, 2017 Author: rehabcare Categories: 2017 | November 2017 | What's New

The RCA is leading a province-wide effort to standardize best practice rehabilitative care for frail older adults. Over the next two years, the RCA will focus on falls, working with provincial stakeholders to develop and implement a clinical care pathway to prevent functional decline and improve outcomes for older adults who experience a fall.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Ontario seniors and are associated with negative health outcomes, including cognitive impairment, muscle weakness, decreased mobility and depression. Research has shown that if an older adult who falls receives the appropriate assessment and intervention, subsequent falls can be reduced and health outcomes can be improved. 

Although a number of LHINs have fall prevention strategies, the rate of repeat ED visits for falls varies significantly across the province. This suggests a need for standardized best practices, particularly since inconsistent planning and delivery of care has been identified as a major contributing factor for falls. 

An RCA task group from across the province is leading the work on the care pathway in collaboration with the RGPs of Ontario, the Inter-LHIN Falls Prevention Collaborative and other provincial stakeholders. 

For more information, please contact the RCA secretariat