Cathy Dykeman and Karyn Lumsden
present their falls prevention framework at Ontario's Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo.
Karyn Lumsden, director of rehabilitation services at Credit Valley Hospital, a Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) subscriber, says they wanted to create a more co-ordinated approach to falls prevention.
"How do we make sure as someone moves through the continuum of care, that what they are receiving builds on what they already received in terms of fall prevention, management prevention and intervention," explains Lumsden
The region formed a steering committee with representatives from hospitals, long-term care homes and community agencies and completed an environmental scan of 70 agencies in the region to discover best practices and identify gaps.
From the research, the committee developed a falls prevention report and a resource guide available for all service providers in the Mississauga Halton area.
says the resource guide, which has best practices from the community and around the world, is generating new discussions and ideas for programming.
says with the LHIN's recent approval and involvement they will be able to create an effective program to hold agencies accountable for implementing fall prevention across the region.