Preparation

Identify your population

Typically injuries from falls environments and policies interventions have targeted the prevention of falls for both the general population (i.e., those who will be effected by the intervention) and specific populations (e.g., key decision makers such as local politicians, school board members, employers, etc.).  Injuries from falls environment and policy interventions have also been created to suit the needs of various subgroups with regard to gender, race/ethnicity, age, or other sociodemographic characteristics. See Injury from Falls in Different Populations for more information.

As you start to consider your own population, it will be important to identify important aspects of your population, such as:

  • Define your population. (e.g., an organization, an internet community)
  • Are there subgroups within this population?
  • What are the geographic boundaries?
  • What are the shared social and cultural characteristics of this community?

For more information on identifying your population, go to Assessment and Prioritization.

Environments and policy interventions have been implemented in a variety of settings including: schools, communities, health care facilities and worksites. For more information on settings for injuries from falls interventions, go to Injuries from Falls in Different Settings.

Examples of environments and policy interventions to prevent injuries from falls that have used in other communities include:

  • Environmental changes in public places, residential care facilities, housing units and private homes to reduce injury from falls (e.g., window guards, no skid mats, handrails).
  • Changes in standards of care (e.g., required training on prevention of injuries from falls among staff working in institutions for older adults or health care providers, adequate health insurance coverage for recurrent falls).
  • Installation and maintainence of safe equipment (e.g., playgrounds)
  • Provision of materials necessary (e.g., free window guards, hip protectors) to reduce injury from falls.
  • Taxi vouchers to provide transportation to and from a patient’s primary care provider

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