Falls Prevention Program Enhances Care for Seniors in Camrose and Area
Camrose Primary Care Network Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP) Fall Prevention Program
Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors. Fall-related injuries significantly impact quality of life for seniors and caregivers and place a significant financial burden on the health care system.
Falls prevention in the central zone is fragmented and there is limited coordination between health and community partners. This project established a comprehensive and coordinated falls prevention program in Camrose and surrounding areas, to improve quality of life while enabling seniors to remain in their homes and independent as long as possible.
Lead: Dr. Valerie King and Stacy Strilchuk, Camrose PCN in partnership and collaboration with Covenant Health, Alberta Health Services Home Care and Emergency Medical Services, St. Mary’s Hospital, Alberta Mental Health and Addictions Seniors Outreach, Health Living Centre, Daysland Health Centre, University of Alberta Augustana and community partners such as local pharmacies, optometrists, private care programs and seniors groups.
Existing programs and service gaps were identified collaboratively to inform development of a Fall Prevention Care Map and a Fall Risk Management Pathway. An evaluation of the falls prevention program was undertaken to measure quality, improvement of patient care, system efficiency and cost benefits.
Patients, families and caregivers in Camrose and area were able to access the program through referral by their family doctor. Findings from the program will be shared through the Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness and may contribute to the development of similar programs provincially.