LOCAL AGENCIES PARTNER TO FORM
ST. JOHNS COUNTY SENIOR FALLS PREVENTION PROGRAM
Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older adults, and can threaten seniors safety and independence. With or without injury, falls generate enormous economic and personal costs. A growing number of older adults fear falling, and as a result, self-limit activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation and feelings of helplessness.
In 2013, St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to over 850 injuries from falls. 90% of these incidents involved patients over the age of 60. The goal of the Senior Falls Prevention Program is to reduce the number of these incidents by providing falls education including comprehensive home safety assessments and prevention plans for seniors who are at risk for falls.
The Senior Falls Prevention Program is a collaborative effort between community partners with a mission to provide direction and focus for senior falls prevention throughout St. JohnsCounty. Start-up funding for the program has been awarded by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Community for a Lifetime initiative.
Some goals of the Senior Falls Prevention Program include:
- Community outreach to disseminate falls prevention information
- Home safety assessments
- Medication evaluation
- Installation of risk reduction devices
- Referral to a local evidence-based fall prevention program (if indicated by the assessment)
- Home repairs to provide a safer environment (given available funds)
- Follow-up to stress the importance of compliance with the Falls Prevention Program
Agencies involved in the Falls Prevention program include: St. Johns County Fire Rescue, St. Johns County Sheriffs Office, St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County, Area Agency on Aging, Elder Source, St. Johns County Council on Aging, Flagler Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation and St. Johns Housing Partnership.
For further information about the Falls Prevention Program, or to arrange for a home safety assessment, please contact the Council on Aging Care Connection at (904) 209-3648.