November 7-13, 2016
Each year, the Government of Manitoba proclaims the first week of November as Falls Prevention Week for Older Adults. The goal is to raise awareness about preventing falls and injuries among older adults and to encourage leadership and collaboration among falls prevention stakeholders and health authorities across the province. Many falls can be prevented..
It may come as a surprise that falling is a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Each year in the Winnipeg Health Region, an average of 87 people die and another 1649 are hospitalized due to injuries caused by a fall. These injuries can be very serious. The average length of hospital stay for a fall injury is 31 days – 10 days longer than hospital stays for other injuries.
You can help
You can help by encouraging older adults and health professionals to learn more about the importance of preventing falls.
What is the SafetyAid program?
SafetyAid is a crime/falls prevention program that helps
prevent break and enters and gives seniors a greater sense
of safety and security in their homes. SafetyAid also
provides material on how to prevent falls.
Individuals and couples 65+, living in the communities
listed below are eligilble for a free home safety and falls
Seniors 65+ who live in the community and have a net
income below $25,000 if single or a combined net income of
less than $30,000 for couples. Victims of a break and enter
or home invasion will receive first priority.
Who do I call?
*Please note – SafetyAid currently services the