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Falls Prevention and Management

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    Fallsloop is an online communication platform for the virtual Falls community of practice. Practitioners, caregivers, researchers, older adult groups and policy planners working for the health and care of older adults come together to exchange information on prevention of falls and fall-related injuries, to support and learn from one another and to develop

    Reference: The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). Fall Prevention Community of Practice Loop. Retrieved from www.fallsloop.com

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    A fall prevention toolkit for planning events, information on evidence informed and evaluated fall prevention programs, resources and tools for practitioners and promotional materials for organizations.

    Reference: Fall Prevention Month toolkit. 2017. Retrieved from http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/ 

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    Example of form for documentation from St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario on Falls Debriefing and Action Plan.

    Reference: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2017). Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON

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    The link takes you to the required programs for falls prevention and management section 49 of the Ontario Regulation 79/10 made under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, Government of Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r10079

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    The Centre for Effective Practice has written a comprehensive guide which includes topics of assessment of fall prevention and prevention in relation to associated co-morbidities. This guide includes references to available relevant tools and services.

    Reference: E) Centre For Effective Practice. Long Term Care (LTC) edition (2016).Falls Prevention Discussion Guide. Retrieved from https://effectivepractice.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CEP_FallsPrevention_2016.pdf 

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    This guide provides general information on falls prevention in different settings. Falls prevention strategies, best practices, and interventions are discussed.

    Source: http://www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca/Search.aspx?search=fall prevention resource guide  

    Mississauga Halton LHIN. Falls Prevention Resource Guide. 2008. Retrieved from Website: http://www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca/

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    A flow chart that summarizes the steps, context, and considerations in falls prevention and injury reduction. Reference: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2017). Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON.

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    This online eLearning module provides the learner background information about causes and risk factors for falls. Reviews both extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors for falls, as well as the interdisipdisciplinary health care team that can be utilized to prevent falls in the geriatric population. Registration is required to access the eLearning Modules.

    Reference: Content Developed by GiiC toolkit Developed by the RGPs of Ontario, (nd), Frailty e-Learning Modules, Retrieved February 29, 2016, http://www.regionalhealthprogramsww.com/frailtymodules/register/

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    This handout describes why freezing occurs in Parkinson disease and how it increases a resident’s chances of falling. It provides 14 care-planning tips to help prevent freezing. Can be used for family or resident education on fall prevention as well as staff educational material.

    Reference: Parkinson Society Canada. (2015). Factsheets: Freezing. Retrieved from http://www.parkinson.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Freezing.pdf 

    Source: Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

    Based on a fact sheet developed by Parkinson Society BC: reprinted with permission.

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    Health Quality Ontario's Quality Compass for Long-Term Care (LTC) Falls is a comprehensive, evidence-informed, tool designed to support leaders and health care providers as they work to improve their health care performance across Ontario. The Quality Compass for Falls in LTC is focused on evidence informed best practices for falls risk and prevention.

    Reference: Health Quality Ontario (2015) Retrieved November 17,2017 from http://qualitycompass.hqontario.ca/portal/long-term-care/Falls?extra=pdf