Falls & Prevention

Falls & Prevention

For an older adult a fall can be a devastating event. In one moment it can change a life forever.  The result of a fall can be mild - a scrape or bruise; or much more serious, such as concussion, or fracture, leading to reduced mobility and subsequent disability. A fall can also have emotional and psychological consequences. Fear of falling again may cause older adults to go out less and isolate themselves at home. In the worst case, falls can result in total loss of independence and prompt a move away from one’s home to a long-term care facility.

ABC believes that injurious falls can be prevented.

ABC has identified effective preventive actions that can be taken across the continuum of falls and falls-related injury risk – from community-dwelling seniors, to seniors at high risk of falling, to seniors who have already suffered a fracture and are at high risk of fracturing again. Actions range from raising awareness among stakeholder groups, to proven effective screening, assessment, referral and interventions - at purposely-designed fall prevention clinics.

ABC's Falls and Falls-related Injury Prevention initiatives use different pathways to identify, assess, educate, refer and/or intervene with seniors at-risk for falls. We engage multiple stakeholder groups as core partners including older adults and their families, physicians and allied health care providers, Health Authorities and the BC Injury Prevention Policy Advisory Committee.