Seniors' Fall Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors. One in three British Columbians over the age of 65 will fall once every year, and falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Many falls can be prevented, and there are many resources available to help to keep seniors injury-free. In addition to providing information resources, the ministry supports the prevention of falls by working with health care professionals, injury prevention experts, and the public. Learn more about how you can prevent falls.
Resources for Health Professionals
Health care professionals can help prevent seniors' falls. Guides and toolkits are available for family doctors, home care aides, and managers in assisted living and residential care. These tools can help keep seniors independent and healthy through evidence-based fall prevention approaches.
For more information on falls, injuries and hospitalizations among Canadian adults aged 65 and over, and information on the factors that put seniors at risk of falls, see this report: