Reducing falls and injury

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The recent onslaught of winter snow and ice has made us all more aware of slipping hazards. At Toronto Rehab, many of our scientists and clinicians make the reduction of falls their year-round focus in order to help people live more safely and independently in our homes and in the community.

Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors. Falls and associated outcomes not only harm the injured individuals but also affect family, friends, care providers and the health care system. However, we do know that these personal and economic costs can be avoided through injury prevention activities.

From the development of innovative mobility products, non-slip winter footwear and improvements to accessibility and building codes – to a Falls Prevention Program that provides assessment, education and exercise classes to help people prevent falls – Toronto Rehab is a leader in the field of falls prevention.

Some of our work in this field was recently featured on CBC’s The National 

Toronto Rehab is home to the top rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly where incredible happens. Philanthropy plays a vital role in bolstering the infrastructure that Toronto Rehab requires to turn the ideas of our clinicians and scientists into home, community, and hospital-based advancements and innovations.

With our donors as partners, Toronto Rehab is making our world a safer place.

In Photo: Approximately 15% of all falls for older adults occur in the bathroom, with over half of these related to bathing. Researcher Alison Novak is shown working on making bathrooms fall-proof for seniors.