November is fall prevention month

Nov. 03, 2016

More than one-third of seniors will experience a fall and falls are the leading cause of injuries among Canadians 65 years and older. A fall can have devastating physical and psychological impacts for seniors, resulting in disability, loss of independence and even death.

Preventing falls in hospital

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) aims to prevent falls in hospital and at home. “There are a number of factors that put older adults at high risk for a fall such as starting certain
medications or having a previous fall,” says Alison Evans clinical nurse specialist in Specialized Geriatric
Services at Parkwood Institute.

If someone is considered high risk they are assessed to find out why they have fallen in the past and coached on individual strategies to prevent falls such as  reviewing medications, balance training or home assessments.”

Falls prevention at home - ConnectCare

ConnectCare is a program for older adults, people with physical disabilities, or those who live alone who are at risk for falls and medical emergencies. With a click of a button subscribers are instantly connected to help through a medical alert system. “At ConnectCare, we strive to bring peace of mind while helping older adults stay in their home as long as they can, “says Lisa Timbeck, sales and marketing assistant at ConnectCare.

“We have launched our new website and social media through Facebook during falls prevention month to help bring awareness to the positive impact our service can bring to subscribers.”

The newly designed site aims to help users find valuable information about ConnectCare more efficiently and provides easier sign up options for subscribers, healthcare professionals and loved ones. “Our new
online referral process will allow physicians and healthcare providers to easily start the process with those who need our services in a more quick and convenient way,” adds Timbeck.

Finding your Balance - Home Safety Edition
Middlesex- London Falls Prevention Collaborative kick-off event

The costs of seniors’ injuries to the health system are approximately $2 billion annually. To bring awareness to this health issue, the Middlesex- London Falls Prevention Collaborative is holding a kickoff event Friday, Nov. 4.

This year’s event is called Finding your Balance – Home Safety Edition, and will feature guest speakers, exhibitors and activities, including a home safety talk by an occupational therapist and ConnectCare, a Zumba demonstration, and a home safety room demonstration allowing participants to walk through a mock living room.

What: Finding Your Balance – Home Safety Edition- kick-off event for Fall Prevention Month, Middlesex-London, register at 519-434-9114 or email
          - free event for seniors and caregivers with exhibitors, guest speakers, fitness activities & lunch

When: Friday November 4, 2016 from 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Horton Street Seniors’ Centre, 184 Horton Street, London


For more information and to arrange interviews:
Allison Hansen

Communication & Public Affairs St. Joseph’s Health Care London
(519) 646-6100 ext. 61501

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson
Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners,
St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery.  St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, visit

About ConnectCare
Connect Care is a department of Parkwood Institute, which is part of the St. Joseph's Health Care London
family of services. All ConnectCare installations are done by volunteers, and all profits generated support patient care at St. Joseph's Health Care London.

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