One in three adults over the age of 65 falls once a year. Non-fatal falls lead to injuries that can cause loss of mobility, function, independence, and quality of life. Fortunately, falling can be prevented.
Facts on falls
Falls among seniors are one of the most common injury problems in British Columbia. One third of seniors experience at least one fall per year and half of these seniors fall recurrently.
The Falls Prevention Clinic is a referral-based clinic that specializes in preventing falls and fractures among adults aged 70 years and older. Our mission is to identify the reasons why our patients' falls, and to address these risk factors in collaboration with family physicians, specialists, and evidence-informed best-practice medicine.
Ensure that you or your patient is eligible for an appointment. The appointment will include a thorough falls risk assessment and an appointment with a geriatrician. Your appointment will include cognitive and physical assessments to measure your risk of falling. This will be followed by a comprehensive exam with one of our Geriatricians. Prepare for your appointment.