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Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Falls Prevention Clinic (OTMH)

Strong and Steady Exercise Program at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

According to recent studies by the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre, every 10 minutes in Ontario at least one senior visits an emergency department (ED) after a fall and many have to be admitted to hospital.  The Falls Prevention Program at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) could help change this statistic.

The Program is designed for community dwelling adults over 65 years of age who have experienced a fall or are at risk for falls. A physician’s referral is needed for an assessment in the Outpatient Geriatric Assessment Clinic. The assessment is completed by an interprofessional team consisting of a Geriatrician, Nurse Practitioner and Physiotherapist.

The assessment determines the person’s function level, physical strength, balance, and their suitability for the Strong and Steady Exercise program. Patients who meet the eligibility criteria are enrolled in a 6 week program which combines a one-hour education with two one hour group exercise sessions per week. Individuals who are not appropriate for the program are referred to community based options to better meet their needs.

The average wait time for an assessment in the clinic is 2 months and we have served 390 seniors in the Falls Clinic since 2010. There is no charge to participate in the program but a valid OHIP card is needed.

Feedback from participants has been very positive and includes comments like “Exercises did me good. I saw a difference, my balance improved”, “I enjoyed coming here, participating in the program, enjoyed listening to the various lectures and staff assisting with the exercise program” and “I am more confident doing things e.g. cooking, cleaning”

The good news is that most falls are preventable. Our goal is to help optimize the health and well-being, independence and quality of life of seniors living in our communities by empowering them through education and exercise.

If you would like information or help accessing the HHS Falls Prevention Clinic, please call us at 905-338-4362.

The OTMH Falls Prevention Clinic Program is funded by the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network’s Aging at Home Strategy – a strategy to support seniors at home and keep them safe.

Least Restraint

The Rehab and Geriatrics program has implemented the updated corporate Least Restraint Policy across the program to comply with Bill 85, the Patient Restraints Minimization Act. The Least Restraint sub-committee, which includes representation by Rehab and Geriatrics clinicians, is currently reviewing and revising the policy, in an effort to adapt  a more user friendly version with a focus on common products utilized by HHS corporately.

Uncommon content coming soon.