With the wintry weather on its way, we take a look at the Falls Prevention winner of the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards, Stay Well On Your Feet Program. Learn more about their wonderful program, and listen to a little tune from them!
Tell us about the Stay Well On Your Feet Program.
The Stay Well on Your Feet program started about 10 years ago. A multi-agency program including a representative from DeGraff Memorial hospital, The McLaughlin Center, DeGraff’s Adult Day program, Niagara County Office for the Aging, and the Niagara County Department of Health. The goal is to promoting falls prevention through educating the seniors in our community.
What need is this program addressing?
Statistics had shown a very high rate of hospital/ER visits related to falls in the age frame 60 year and older in Niagara County. Our purpose was to provide a no cost falls prevention program to assist in preventing falls while maintaining a high level of independence.
Who is your target clientele?
Older adults in Niagara County
How many people do you serve?
Through educational programs about 300 a year directly, but through social media the reach has been in the 1,000's.
What has been the biggest struggle or challenge faced thus far with this project?
Sustainability in regard to funding
What is something you’re proud of regarding this project?
2. Policy Change- Falls prevention programing has now been added to the Nursing curriculum at Niagara County Community College.
3. The dedication, longevity and commitment of the team
What’s the best way for someone to contact you if people have more questions?
Call the McLaughlin Center at DeGraff Memorial Hospital 716.690.2271