Are you 65 years of age or older? Find out if you are at higher risk of falling by completing the following falls risk screening tool below. This short questionnaire will help healthcare providers determine whether patients are at lower or higher risk for falls. Those identified as being at higher risk will be invited to participate in the Falls Prevention Program, where they can receive personalized advice and support.
Why is it important to screen for falls risk in older adults?
Falls are a significant concern among older adults in Canada, with a staggering one-third of those aged 65 and older experiencing a fall each year. However, the good news is that most falls are predictable and preventable. There is substantial evidence to suggest that screening for falls risk and offering falls prevention services can effectively reduce the incidence of falls among older adults.
Reducing falls has a multitude of benefits. It can lead to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations, thereby reducing healthcare costs. Additionally, by preventing falls, we can significantly improve the overall quality of life for older adults, enabling them to maintain their confidence, engagement, and activity levels within our communities.