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Falls Prevention Programs


Did you know:
  • More than one in five seniors experience at least one fall each year.
  • Eighty-five per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors are due to falls.
  • Falls account for roughly $55 million in health-related costs in the Champlain region every year.

The Champlain Falls Prevention Strategy aims to reduce the frequency, severity and impact of preventable falls among older adults living in the region. The strategy was developed by the Champlain Falls Prevention Steering Committee, in collaboration with hospitals, primary care, community support services, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Public Health Units.

The Champlain Local Health Integration Network area currently has many resources and programs to support falls prevention. Programs such as those that help health care practitioners assess a person’s risk of falls; or prevention programs through LHIN-sponsored free exercise classes or falls prevention classes, and general community programs and physiotherapy services are all valuable ways in which older adults can become more informed and/or prevent falls.


Programs to Assess a Person's Risk of Falling

Champlain offers a range of programs to help individuals get information regarding their personal risk of falling.

West End Integrated Falls Prevention Programs (WEIFPP)
This is an in-depth multi-disciplinary (Registered nurse, Occupational therapist, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation assistant) assessment and intervention in-home service aimed at finding the root cause of the falls (risk identification) and assisting clients to make changes to address the risks identified. 

     Eligibility and details are on Champlainhealthline.ca


Specialized Geriatric Services – Professional Assessment Resources
Geriatric services provide health care specifically related to aging, in particular the frail elderly who have multiple health problems or who have difficulty managing on their own and may be more prone to higher falls risks.
Falls Risk Technology-enabled Screening (not professional assessment)
The Champlain LHIN in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Champlain LHIN IMPACTT Centre, GE Healthcare and other community partners is supporting a Falls Risk Screening Research Project.

Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults and result in a significant number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations. This project is intended for independent older adults who aren’t usually screened for falls. The goal is to help them identify their personal risk, and provide them with strategies to address their risk level.

By taking a free, simple test that uses small sensors worn on the shins (over clothing), the older adult will rise from a seated position, walk 3 meteres, turn around, walk back and sit down. From the technology built into the sensors, the participant will find out their falls risk score.

     For more detail, including locations/times where the free screening is being held click here.


Exercise and Falls Prevention Programs

Encouraging seniors to exercise and to be physically active is an important part of a fall prevention strategy.

Free, LHIN funded Fall Prevention Programs are available across the Champlain region offer many different levels of programs for people of different abilities.

The Champlain LHIN has a number of free, LHIN-funded exercise programs designed to meet everyone’s needs and help to reduce the risk of falling.

Exercise classes geared specifically to your needs can be effective in significantly reducing falls and the injuries resulting from a fall. Classes range from:
In addition, many other resources exist in the community that can support falls prevention through Physiotherapy Services to Community / Municipality Exercise and/or Awareness Programs.

Which exercise or falls prevention program is best for me?
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 for each region. Each flow chart has local class details and contact information, however, the descriptions are standard across Champlain.

     For information on what program best suits you:
          Ottawa
          Eastern Counties (Prescott Russell and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry)
          Renfrew County

Exercise Classes

Exercise classes are OPEN to the public and FREE of charge for adults 65 years and over.

Each class is offered as group participation and is led by a trained non-physiotherapist instructor for a duration of 30-60 minutes. Classes may include the following components of fitness:
  • Cardiorespiratory exercise
  • Range of motion
  • Endurance
  • Functional fitness training
  • Muscle strength
  • Balance and flexibility training

Most classes are offered at level 1. The participant sits on a chair for these exercise classes and based on their physical capabilities, the exercise class is adapted. The LHIN contracts Family Physio to deliver the exercise classes across all sites.

Level 1 – includes accelerated cardiovascular activity, range of motion, strength and flexibility training.
Level 2 - includes accelerated cardiovascular activity, range of motion, strength training with resistance tubing, Isometric strength training with balls, flexibility and balance training.
Level 3 - Retirement Homes’ dementia floor - includes deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises, minimum to moderate cardiovascular activity, range of motion, and flexibility training

Click on the specific locations below to view the services in that area.


HeartWise Exercise Classes

The LHIN exercise classes include some that are specialty Heart Wise Exercise Classes. The LHIN Classes are FREE of charge for older adults including (but not limited to) those living with Diabetes, Parkinson's, and those who have experienced a stroke. 

The Champlain LHIN, along with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's HeartWise Exercise and Family Physio to provide these FREE, LHIN funded, exercise classes for older adults.

Each LHIN specialty HeartWise Exercise Class is one hour in length and will be adapted to match the physical capabilities of all participants.

The program will:
  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Include a warm up cool down, and self-monitoring
  • Allow participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity
  • Include participants with chronic health conditions - physician approval may be required
  • Offer health screening for all participants
  • Have a documented emergency plan known to all exercise leaders (CPR, telephone access, AED)

HeartWise Exercise Classes will include strength, balance, flexibility and aerobic activities in a group exercise setting.

     View the list of the LHIN Secialty Heartwise Exercise Classes across the region.

For more information on HeartWise Exercise provided by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, see University of Ottawa Heart Institute's Heart Wise Exercise Locations.


Falls Prevention Programs


A number of LHIN-funded evidence-based programs with a falls prevention focus, including falls prevention exercise classes, professionals that offer falls assessments and interventions, or therapy services are available in the Champlain region.

In addition, a number of fee-based Physiotherapy Services and Community / Municipality Services support falls prevention.


Falls Prevention Exercise Classes

The FREE, 12 week program of Falls Prevention Classes is for adults 65 years and over who are living independently in the community and are concerned about falling or about their balance.

Each class is offered as group participation session and includes:
  • Exercises for group participation during class and at home
  • Focus on strength and balance
  • Education and discussion sessions (including tips on how to prevent falls)
  • Twice a week session for 12 week program

     Eastern Counties, Renfrew Counties Program - Stand Up Falls Prevention Program
     Not ideal for seniors who have difficulty exercising while standing up or who have serious health problems.

          To register or for more information,

     Ottawa Program - Better Strength, Better Balance
     The program is offered in winter, spring and fall


          To register or for more information,
    • Please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY 613-580-9656) or click here


Physiotherapy

Eligibility for Champlain LHIN Physiotherapy Services
The Champlain LHIN physiotherapy services are provided to Ontario residents in their own home including supportive housing and retirement homes. The services are to support housebound clients and those clients who cannot access the required treatment or assessment elsewhere. In-home physiotherapy service is focused on helping a client recover and stabilize their physical functioning as much as possible. Once a client has reached a point where they are stable, the physiotherapist may suggest a different service or combination of services or teach the resident/caregiver a program that will help the client to continue to maintain their independence and achieve their goals. Residents will be linked to alternate community resources such as Community Health Centres and out-patient clinics, where appropriate.

     Call 310-2222 to access Champlain LHIN services.

Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics
Ontario residents can access physiotherapy in publicly-funded clinics for medically necessary physiotherapy. Services funded under the program include assessment(s), diagnosis and treatment to improve, develop or rehabilitate physical function and/or promote mobility when that has been lost or impaired as a result of a debilitating event or disease, pain, injury or surgical procedure.

To be eligible for publicly-funded physiotherapy, patients must have a valid Ontario heath card and a referral from their physician or nurse practitioner and be:
  • age 65 or older;
  • age 19 or younger;
  • any age if discharged from hospital after an overnight stay for a condition requiring physiotherapy;
  • a recipient of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program (with or without a valid Ontario health card).

     View the list of Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics in the Champlain region.


Community / Municipal Programs

This section includes community-based services such as Champlain LHIN, Community Supports Services, local programming through community centres as well as municipally-led programming.

For more information on local services; click on your region