Stable, Able and Strong was sponsored jointly by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Occupational Therapy Program, University of Ottawa. The project was funded by the Population Health Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada, from September 2005-June 2008. The Stable, Able and Strong project developed a Post-Fall Support Model and component strategies for older adults who have experienced a fall, to enable them to maintain or resume engagement in meaningful activities in the context of home and community. A community development model using older adult volunteers was used to create awareness of the complexity of factors implicated in a fall and strategies to safely resume daily occupations. Principles of peer learning were incorporated in the post-fall education sessions and informal mentoring interactions among older adults.
Stable, Able and Strong Resources
Stable, Able and Strong (SAS) developed a number of resources to enhance health professionals and communities’ ability to manage falls, including:
The Post-Fall Support Modules (and PowerPoint© presentations) accompany the Program Implementation Manual.
A video in which older adults demonstrate good communication skills for peer mentors was also developed and can be used with the Peer Mentor Workbook.
The Stable, Able and Strong project was piloted in three sites across Canada: Charlottetown, PE, Gatineau, QC, and Calgary, AB. Please see the newsletters to read about the activities at these sites.
Click here to read our Spring 2007 newsletter
Click here to read our Fall 2007 newsletter
Sustaining the Stable, Able and Strong Project
Although the national project has ended, the following locations will be offering the Stable, Able and Strong project.
Seniors Active Living Centre
KARI Facility Centre
550 University Ave
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3
Telephone: (902) 628-8388
North Kingston Community Health Centre
Kingston Community Health Centres
400 Elliott Avenue
Kingston, ON K7K 6M9
The University of Ottawa, Interprofessional Rehabilitation Clinic
451 Smyth Road, Room 3071
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5
Contact person: Mélanie Germain, O.T. reg. (Ont.)
Telephone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 8037
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