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Injury Prevention

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Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults in Renfrew County and District.

The good news is that most falls are predictable and preventable. Prevent a fall before it happens by making a plan.

Find out how falls can be prevented by reading the Injuries Caused by Falls Among Older Adults in Renfrew County and District report. Download the report by click this link: infographic. 

Here are 6 actions you can take to decrease your risk of falling.

  1. Find and remove hazards in your home
  2. Exercise for strength and balance
  3. Manage medications and their side effects
  4. Have the right safety and protective gear
  5. Have regular health check-ups
  6. Eat healthy meals and stay hydrated

Ottawa Public Health’s online module Learn How To Prevent Falls – Online Course is for anyone concerned about older adults who would like to learn valuable information regarding falls and fall prevention, such as:

  • Personal support workers;
  • Volunteers;
  • Friends and family; and
  • Older adults who support others close to them.

Falls are a serious health issue for older adults, their families and the health care system. The course is based on current research, the Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum, and what has been shown in practice to prevent falls.

By the end of the modules, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why falls are a health problem for older adults;
  • Identify what puts an older adult at risk for a fall;
  • Incorporate fall prevention strategies into your daily work; and
  • Talk about fall prevention with clients and families.

To take the course:

  • Access Ottawa Public Health’s online module Learn How To Prevent Falls – Online Course.
  • For technical difficulties, contact
  • For in-person group sessions please contact Renfrew County and District Health Unit (613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097).

Additional Resources:

Which Exercise Program is Best for Me?

Staying Independent Checklist

The Safe Living Guide – A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors

You CAN Prevent Falls

Road safety remains a top priority in Ontario. Renfrew County and District Health Unit works with partners on making our roads safer.

Key driving safety challenges include:

  • Speeding
  • Improper use of restraints (seat belts, car seats/booster seats)
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Impaired driving (alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription and over the counter drugs)
  • Distracted and inattentive driving

Distracted driving is a major safety concern and has now surpassed drunk/drugged driving as the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions that cause deaths. Take the online pledge to Leave the Phone Alone while driving.

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