In 2016-2017, “unintentional falls resulted in almost 1800 Emergency Department visits and 417 hospital stays for Canadians, making falls the most common cause of injury” (CIHI, 2018)
In the Niagara region, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions. In 2016 falls resulted in 18,400 Emergency Department (ED) visits and 2,290 admissions to hospital. Since 2009, falls have increased and Niagara currently has the highest rate of ED visits due to falls in comparison with Ontario. (Injuries – Statistics in Niagara)
For seniors, falls are much more likely to cause serious injury and can reduce their ability to remain independent. To prevent falls and related injury, the Safety at Home (SAH) Program is available to seniors in the Niagara region.
Since 2009, the SAH program, offered by Community Support Services Niagara (CSSN), has provided seniors with a free individualized home safety assessment. The assessment includes a summary of recommendations for promoting independence and mobility. SAH staff will also make referrals to other services in the community if required. Between April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018, SAH completed a total of 371 home assessments in the Niagara region.
SAH enables seniors to remain living safely in their own homes.
Laurie Elliot Leach
Safety at Home Program Manager
Community Support Services Niagara