Occupational Therapy and Fall Prevention
Falls are the most common preventable injury in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, 63% of seniors, 50% of adolescents and 35% of working-age adults have been injured by falls. Sports related activities are the main cause of injury by falls for adolescents. Older adults’ falls often result from tripping, stumbling or walking or doing household chores.
Occupational therapists approach fall prevention by addressing personal, environmental and behavioral factors which influence people’s participation in activities at home and in the community. Occupational therapists work with other professionals to assess and help clients develop the skills needed to engage in healthy and meaningful lives, including preventative education.
Talk to an occupational therapist to help
- Develop simple and elegant solutions to prevent falls, such as using sand on slippery surfaces, ensuring stability of railings and teaching client how to walk with a cane.
- Work with employees who have experienced injury and their employers to develop a daily schedule of graded, meaningful activities that may reduce the risk of (re)injury, increase physical fitness.
- Provide recommendations and build strategies for communities, stakeholders and decision makers on the effectiveness of innovative home or community support options.
- Help clients rebuild confidence in their daily lives after a fall.
OT MONTH Resources
These online resources are free and we encourage you to share them with as many people as possible: clients, families, referrers, physicians, colleagues, insurers, politicians and administrators. They are yours to use as you see fit and to help you advocate for your own practice and for the profession of occupational therapy.
Don’t forget to share your advocacy initiatives with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Occupational Therapy in Primary Care (2013),
- Pain Management and Occupational Therapy (2012),
- Occupational therapy and Client Safety (2011),
- Occupational therapy and older adults (2011),
- Occupational Therapy and Driver Rehabilitation (2009),
- Return-to-Work and Occupational Therapy (2009),
- Universal design and occupational therapy (2009),
- Occupational Therapy and Home and Community Care (2008),
- Occupations and health (2008)
Professional Issues Forums
- Workplace Safety and Injury Prevention (2012),
- Pain Management and Occupational Therapy (2011),
- Disability Management (2003),
- Workplace Health (2003),
- Growing through Occupation and Active Living (2002), and
- Universal Design and Growing through Occupation (2002).
Lunch and Learn Archive:Slaying Goliath: What Can We Do to Prevent Falls?
Presenter: Rosalie Freund-Heritage Session presented on: November 19, 2013Community Development and Occupational Therapy – A natural, fruitful fit
Presenter: Dr. Rachel Thibeault Session presented on: October 9th, 2012
Volume 14 Issue 3: Falls prevention: Investigating best practice for community occupational therapists
An Occupational Therapists’ Guide to Home Modification Practice Elizabeth Ainsworth and Desleigh De Jonge
Other items of interest:
Tools For Living Well Toolkit (website)
- Barrier-free homes: Lessons from the three little pigs
- Don't Slip Now!
- Buying Special Equipment
- Ergonomics at the Office
- Home Safe Home
COTF: Promoting scholarship and research in occupational therapy in Canada
- 2000 Research Grant, Sandra Hobson: The influence of falling and fear of falling on engagement in self-care, productivity and leisure activities for community-dwelling older adults
- 1996 Research Grant, Azeena Ratansi: The relationship between functional activities and falls in individuals with established osteoporosis: A potential for occupational therapy
Keep an eye out for next month OT Month theme which is Occupational Therapy and End of Life Care.
- Areas of advocacy
- OT Month
- Workplace Health and Well-Being
- Aboriginal Health
- Criminal Justice
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Occupational Therapy and Older Adults
- Occupational Therapy and Fall Prevention
- Occupational Therapy and End-of-Life Care
- OT Month Promotional Packages
- Cost-effectiveness of Occupational Therapy in Canada
- Extended Health Insurance Lobby
- Influencing Public Policy
- Our initiatives
- Partnerships with National Groups