Injury From Falls

Tools and Resources for Individual Education

Select a section:

  1. Populations

Age

Children

Health Canada – Is Your Child Safe?
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/index-eng.php
This website gives helpful tips to prevent injuries from falls in children from common household items.

National Program for Playground Safety Training
http://www.playgroundsafety.org/certified/school
National Program for Playground Safety offers training for community members and professionals to learn how to create safe outdoor play areas.

Fall Prevention for Infants and Young Children
http://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Injury_Prevention_Service/Fact_Sheets/index.html
This is a set of tips to help parents and caregivers prevent injuries from falls in infants and young children.

Older Adults

Age Page – Falls and Fractures
http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/falls-and-fractures
This page has advice for older adults to help them prevent falls.
     
Prevention and Risk Reduction Resources
http://www.apta.org/BalanceFalls/
This page explains the importance of maintaining balance to prevent falls and provides exercises older adults can perform to improve balance.
     
Exercise – A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
http://www.niapublications.org/exercisebook/ExerciseGuideComplete.pdf
This guide has information on exercise and older adults, including the benefits of exercise in falls prevention.

Stay Active and Independent for Life
http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/stay-active-and-independent-for-life-an-information-guide-for-adults-65
This guide is meant to help older adults stay active for life. It includes a plan to help individuals stay falls free.

Tools for Living Well
http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=3774
Tools for Living Well has information for older adults on equipment that can help prevent falls such as hip protectors, canes, and more.

Balance Exercises
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/balance-exercises/SM00049&slide=1
This is a series of slides which demonstrate balance exercises that can be done to prevent falls.

Exercises to Try
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exercise/exercisestotry/01.html
This site has videos that show proper techniques for exercises that older adults can try to improve balance and coordination.

Fall Prevention – 6 Ways to Reduce Your Falling Risk
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fall-prevention/HQ00657
This article provides information and advice to reduce the risk of falls for older adults. It also links to videos showing balance exercises and an interview with a specialist.

Don’t Get Tripped Up: The Role of Fitness in Fall Prevention
http://www.ncpad.org/fitt/fact_sheet.php?sheet=440
This site provides information about falls and exercise, a sample activity program, guidelines and suggestions for older adults, individuals with balance impairments, and those with osteoporosis.

Fall Prevention for Older Adults
http://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Injury_Prevention_Service/Fact_Sheets/index.html
This is a set of tips to help older adults prevent injury from falls inside and outside the home. 

Occupation

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Construction Falls
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/construction/falls/mainpage.html
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) site offers information for construction workers on safety hazards on construction sites that result in the most falls.

  1. Settings

    Home-based

    Health Canada – Is Your Child Safe?
    http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids-enfants/injury-blessure/index-eng.php
    This website gives helpful tips to prevent injuries from falls in children from common household items.

    Preventing Falls in the Home
    http://www.namic.org/consumer/falls.asp
    This website by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) offers simple strategies that can be implemented to reduce falls in the home.

    Childproofing Your Nursery
    http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/baby/babysafety/418.html
    The BabyCenter website provides information on childproofing your baby nursery to prevent injuries from falls from the crib, windows, and changing table.

    School-based

    National Program for Playground Safety Training
    http://www.playgroundsafety.org/certified/school
    National Program for Playground Safety offers training for community members and professionals to learn how to create safe outdoor play areas.

    Worksite-based

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Construction Falls
    http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/construction/falls/mainpage.html
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) site offers information for construction workers on safety hazards on construction sites that result in the most falls.

    Community-based

    National Program for Playground Safety Training
    http://www.playgroundsafety.org/certified/school
    National Program for Playground Safety offers training for community members and professionals to learn how to create safe outdoor play areas.

  2. Implementation

    U.S. Fall Prevention Programs for Seniors:
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/falls/default.htm#PDF
    This guide describes various fall prevention programs in the country which can be used by health departments and organizations wanting to start a falls prevention program in their community.

  3. Other Tools/Resources

    Tools for Living Well
    http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=3774
    Tools for Living Well has information for older adults on equipment that can help prevent falls such as hip protectors, canes, and more.

    Balance Exercises
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/balance-exercises/SM00049&slide=1
    This is a series of slides which demonstrate balance exercises that can be done to prevent falls.

    Exercises to Try
    http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exercise/exercisestotry/01.html
    This site has videos that show proper techniques for exercises that older adults can try to improve balance and coordination.

    How to Prevent Falling
    http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050701/93ph.html
    This is a series of questions and answers prepared by American Family Physicians that addresses falls in older adults.


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