You CAN Prevent Falls

In Ottawa, falls are the leading cause of injury related emergency room visits and hospitalization. Every year, approximately one fifth of adults 65 years or older who live in private homes fall, contributing over 8,000 visits to emergency departments, 2000 hospitalizations and 90 deaths. "You CAN prevent Falls" factsheet [PDF] is available, to assist older adult in making the needed adjustments to their home and lifestyle to help stay independent and safe. It includes a tool to assist in identifying hazards around the home, information about protective health behaviors to reduce personal risk, and an action plan to make changes

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