September 2011

Update on LHIN Collaborative: Integrated Falls Prevention Project

The following article is by Heather McConnell, Associate Director, International Affairs and Best Practices Guidelines Program, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The Integrated Falls Prevention Project, led by the LHIN Collaborative, aims to provide an Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Public Health Units and other Health Services Providers that will promote collaboration and integration amongst all key parties as well as collate existing falls prevention leading practices. The deliverables for this project include an Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit to guide the LHINs in implementing effective LHIN-wide falls prevention programs. As many successful projects are already underway, the aim is to leverage existing services to optimize resources and avoid duplication of efforts. As such, the Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit is not one-size-fits-all, but rather a collection of a wide range of successful falls prevention practices and resources from across Ontario and other jurisdictions. A working group under the leadership of Bernie Blais, CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Chair of the Council of Medical Officers of Health and CEO and Medical Officer of Health of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been contributing to this project. The working group, which includes representation from the LHIN, public health, community care access centres, community health centres, community support services, long-term care, mental health and addictions, Regional Geriatric Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Medical Association, Ontario Agency of Health Protection and Promotion and Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, is providing expert advice and input on leading falls prevention practices and the implementation of these leading practices across the LHINs. An evaluation sub-group has identified a set of falls indicators to be measured provincially, and these have been finalized and aligned with the Health System Indicator Initiative (HSII) that is currently supported by the LHIN Collaborative. The end of the Phase I of this project was marked by the completion of the Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit this summer.

Please go to http://www.northwestlhin.on.ca/ to access the Framework & Toolkit and other background materials. Phase II will begin thereafter and will focus on the implementation of the Framework and Toolkit.

For more information about the LHIN Collaborative, the Integrated Falls Prevention Project or archives of past Communiqué’s from this initiative, please visit the LHIN Collaborative’s website at http://www.lhincollaborative.ca.

Updated September 20, 2011