Falling can cause injury, loss of mobility and independence
One in three adults over the age of 65 falls at least once per year. Falling can cause injury, loss of mobility and independence, and is the sixth leading cause of death in seniors. Seniors' falls and injuries cost Canadians $3 billion per year. The good news is that falling can be prevented.
Interior Health has developed many programs dedicated to reducing the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries. There are programs in place for seniors living in the community, in residential facilities and staying in the hospital.
SAIL (Strategies and Actions for Independent Living) Home Activity Program
The Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) program is a fall prevention program for home support clients. The Home Activity Program is made up of seven simple exercises for frail seniors and adults with significant physical disabilities to promote health and well-being and prevent falls.
There are three different levels of the Home Activity Program: Level 1: Sitting, Level 2: Standing and Level 3: Moving. All clients should be screened for participation by a Home Health Professional before beginning this program.