Are you operating a fall prevention program, and looking for supporting educational materials? Do you want to learn about organizations that are active in helping to prevent falls? Here is a list of organizations that offer valuable materials that can help you enhance your program.
If you know of any relevant organizations not listed here, send us an email at info@StopFalls.org and we will consider them for inclusion.
Click each organization name below for a list of available resources.
- Australian Government: Dept of Health
- Australian Government Department of Health – Injury Prevention in Australia
- Health Direct – Fall Prevention
- Health Direct – General Falls Information
- Australian Capital Territory: Dept of Health
- National Falls Prevention for Older People Initiative
- Act Health
- Queensland Government-Health Services
- Victorian Government Health Information Website
- NSW Government Clinical Excellence Commission
- NSW Falls Prevention Network
- NSW Health System
- Northern Territory Government
- Northern Territory Government – Falls in Hospitals
- Government of Western Australia Department of Health
- Stand Up Right – Stay Upright!
- Active Aging Australia Inc.
- National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)
- Injury Matters, Western Australia
- Osteoporosis Australia
- The Division of Aging and Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada | Fact Sheets
- Veterans Affairs Canada and Health Canada
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- British Columbia-Ministry of Health
- Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canada: Best Practice (PDF)
- Alberta Health Services
- The British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit
- British Columbia Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition (BCFIPC)
- British Columbia HealthLinkBC
- SmartRisk Navigator
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health Falls Prevention Clinic
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) – What To Do After a Fall Poster
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) – The Safe Living Guide
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- Falls In The Elderly: Analysis on determining and treating the underlying cause of falls.
- Preventing Falls: Which Intervention Is Most Effective? Outlines several interventions that have successfully reduced the incidence of falls among elderly people living at home.
- What Causes Falls In the Elderly? How Can I Prevent A Fall? Discusses common causes of falls as well as how to prevent falls and how to involve family in helping prevent falls.
- AGS/BGS Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, Summary of Recommendations
- Falls and Balance Problems: Answers to common questions about falls and recommended sources for help.
- Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons: Detailed article about the risk factors for falling and recommended interventions.
- Mobility Problems: Walking Tips: Describes the benefits of walking and recommendations for safety.
- Preventing Serious Falls: Tips for Older Adults and Their Loved Ones: Tips on how to prevent falls, and what to do if you do experience a fall.
- What To Ask: Falls Prevention: A list of questions to ask your doctor about your risk of falling.
- Practical Approaches to Reducing Falls in Nursing Facilities: Steps that can be taken to reduce the risk and lessen the chance that falls will result in injury in nursing facilities.
- Falls Prevention Interdisciplinary Presentation: This toolkit was developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is intended for any health professional involved in falls prevention to deliver to groups of older adults living in the community.
- Preventing Falls in Older Californians: State of the Art (Preconference White Paper): White paper outlining the significance of injurious falls to older persons, best practices to reduce fall risk, screening for fall risk and descriptions of appropriate interventions tailored to individual needs.
- Creating a California Blueprint for Fall Prevention (Conference Proceedings): White paper discussing the scope of the problem of fall prevention, interventions in California, other system-wide interventions and effecting change in California.
- Fall Prevention Center of Excellence: Started in September 2004, this foundation launched a statewide Fall Prevention Initiative in the state of California to help with risk assessment, exercise and environmental modications for fall prevention.
- Fear of Falling: “A Matter of Balance: Study conducted to reduce the fear of falling while also increasing physical, social and functional activity in the elder.
- Strength Training by Older Persons: “Strong for Life”: Study aimed to design, implement and experimentally evaluate an in-home, muscle strength and balance program designed for older persons with some degree of physical disability.
- Exercise: It’s Never Too Late: This video addresses common misconceptions elders have about exercise into old age and shares strategies to staying active.
- Fear of Falling: It’s A Matter of Balance: This video includes interviews with a group of elders on common thoughts and fears about physical activity that lead to inactivity. The seniors discuss challenges they faced in recovering and maintaining their functional independence.
- Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructor Certificate: This program is designed to provide physical activity instructors and health care professionals with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to develop and implement fall risk reduction programs in their communities.
- Bruno and Alice: A Love Story in Twelve Parts About Seniors and Safety: A series of twelve illustrated stories following the whimsical romance of two active seniors who, through lack of prevention, end up in awkward situations and almost miss their rendezvous with love. The stories offer insight into some of the personal preventive measures seniors can take to make their environment safer and prevent injuries.
- Stay Safe (Poster): Illustration showing 14 dangerous household problems that could lead to falls.
- The Safe Living Guide: A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors: Guide to keeping the home and yourself safe, including nutrition checklist, medication safety checklist and more.
- You Can Prevent Falls – Fact Sheets: Fact sheets to help assess fall prevention including improving your health, having a safe home and lifestyle and reducing the risks.
- Best Practices in Physical Activity: Outlines the importance of physical activity in fall prevention.
- Designing Safe and Effective Physical Activity Programs: Descriptions of different physical activity programs that elders can participate in to prevent the risk of falls.
- Environmental Scan: A comprehensive description an environmental scan used to assess to the problems of falls for older adults.
- Media Release: Release about Falls Free, a national action plan that addresses the challenges and barriers related to a national falls prevention initiative and outlines key strategies and action steps to help reduce fall dangers for older adults.
- National Action Plan
- Research Review Papers: Review includes risk factors and prevention strategies, role of excerise in reducing falls, role of medication modification in fall prevention and the role of environment at home and the community in fall prevention.
- A Tool Kit To Prevent Senior Falls: Fact sheets, graphs, and brochures about falls and fall prevention for older adults designed for fall prevention programs.
- A Tool Kit To Prevent Senior Falls: Brochures: Brochures about what you can do to prevent falls and checklists for safety.
- Falls Among Older Adults: Facts and lists about the programs and accomplishments by the CDC regarding falls among older adults.
- Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults: List of facts and figures from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control about falls and hip fractures.
- Fall Prevention and Management Aid: This aid is intended to prompt clinical staff to consider a systematic assessment for determining patients’ risk for falling and to recommend interventions.
- U.S. Fall Prevention Programs for Seniors: A comprehensive PDF about fall prevention programs for seniors from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
- Remembering When: Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults: Powerpoint presentation with photos and artwork detailing and illustrating step to prevent falls in the home.
- The Case for Action on Fall Prevention in California: A fact sheet on the issue of falls in California
- Catch Yourself: Simple steps to prevent falls: One-sheet document (PDF) that outlines steps to help you “catch yourself” by reducing the risk of falling. (click here for the Spanish Version | Korean Version)
- Home Modification: An introduction to some everyday situations that pose risks for falls, along with possible solutions. (click here for the Spanish Version | Korean Version)
- Stats on Falls Among Older Adults – Information on falls related outcomes, medical costs and risk groups.
- Gerontological Society of America: Online search for topics related to fall prevention.Home Safety Council
- Safe Steps to Reduce Falls: Home safety walk-through list provided by the Home Safety Council to help identify and correct potential slips and falls hazards.
- Home Assessment Chart – This checklist will help you take a note of everything you need to make your home a little safer.
- Medication Tracker – A weekly tracker to help you remember if you have taken your medication. Also a handy reminder to do so.
- Physical Activity Tracker – Here are some “fitness building blocks” to help plan an appropriate and effective exercise program.
- Designing Safe and Effective Physical Activity: Provides a brief overview of the health benefits of physical activity, best practics in programming, and guidelines and recommendations regarding physical activity for older adults developed by a coalition of national organizations led by the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Recruiting and Retaining Effective Instructors for Physical Activity Programs: This brief focuses on the challenge of recruiting and retaining qualified physical activity instructors for older adults.
- Balance Problems: This document explains balance problems and offers treatment and research options.
- Exercise for Older Adults: Provides benefits of exercise, safety, charing progress and frequently asked questions about exercise for older adults.
- National Resource Center for Safe Aging: This website contains a wealth of falls-related information for public health professionals, with links to many other useful sites.
- Taking Medicines: An overview of medicines, taking medicines safely and more.
- National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Programs: Information and comments on home modification activity nationwide with the ability to find information from the state of your choice.
- Falls in the Home: This site offers a list of articles and resources about falls in the home.
- Preventing the Fall: Designs on Building Safe Homes For The Elderly: This excerpt from an article by the same name, lists options for fall prevention home modifications.
- The Basics on Fall-Proofing Your Home: Article outlining the basic steps to fall-proofing the home.
- SafeAging.org: This website contains a wealth of falls-related information for public health professionals, with links to many other useful sites.
- Administration on Aging AoA Evidence Based Prevention Program Site: The goal of this site is to disseminate lessons learned from its pilot study and offer materials and technical assistance for aging services network agencies wishing to adopt the Medication Management Model into their own setting.
- Fall Reduction Initiative: Establishing New Directions for Safety (FRIENDS): The goal of this paper is to assist in identifying fall risk factors among older adults and to increase public awareness of measures that can help to prevent falls.
San Francisco Department of Public Health in conjunction with University of California, San Francisco
- Community and Home Injury Prevention Project for Seniors (CHIPPS): Goal of the CHIPPS program is to create awareness that many injuries to older people can be prevented, develop ways to correct injury hazards and provide resourses on health professionals.
- What Will One of Every Three Seniors Suffer This Year?: Fact about falls in older persons and an online directory of senior care pharmacists across the U.S. and Canada.
- Are You Or A Loved One At Risk For Falls?”: One-sheet PDF outlining risks, consequences and what doctors can do to help assess risks for falls.
- Balance Assessment Handbook: This tool helps assess balance and should be used in conjunction with the Balance Assessment Video.
- Fall Prevention At Home: Brochure to help you prevent falls at home by offering some things that can be done to lower the risk for falls.
- Preventing Falls And Fall-Related Injuries: List of things to do to create a safe environment with less risks for falls.
- The Timed Up & Go Test For Fall Risk Assessment: Description of thte test doctors are asked to perform annually to all patients who are 65 years or older to assess fall risk.
- Falls, Disability and Food Insecurity Present Challenges to Healthy Aging: This policy brief examines falls, disability and hunger, as well as the relationships between these three common issues that present significant challenges to senior independent living.
- Older Californians At Risk for Avoidable Falls: This policy brief examines the growing rate of repeated falls among senior citizens, comparing data from the 2003 and 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
- Falls Risk Assessment and Management System (FRAMS): Screening test that will offer a customized action plan based on answers to the questions asked.
- Preventing Falls One Step At A Time: Article suggesting that both improving balance through exercise and employing “fall-proofing” behaviors in and around the home will help to avoid falls and reduce risks for falls.