Community Falls Prevention: Keeping Older Adults Active, Independent and Safe from Falls
Falls are the number one cause of unintentional injury deaths for Minnesotans age 65 and older, exceeding motor vehicle accidents since 2007. One of the major factors that increase the risk of falling is mobility problems due to impaired balance, muscle weakness or chronic health conditions.
The goal of the Community Falls Prevention project is to address fall and fall-injury prevention across the state in all settings through:
- Collaboration between hospitals, long-term care
organizations, clinics, the community, and other settings to share and implement
success strategies to prevent falls, fall-related injury and to maintain
physical and cognitive functioning for Minnesota’s older adults.
communications between settings during transitions to allow the next setting to
provide more informed care.
The Community Falls Prevention project has three phases:
- A coalition of
key stakeholders is convening to develop common goals and objectives to create
an integrated model of fall prevention practices across the community.
- The models and
tools developed by the coalition will be tested and adapted by three Minnesota
communities – Fergus Falls, Onamia and Staples.
- In the final
phase of the project, best practices, implementation strategies and tools will
be finalized based on the learnings from the three community projects and will be
disseminated across the state.
For more information, contact the MHA patient safety/quality team.