Falls prevention community programs

There are many programs and services in the Sudbury and district area to help older adults stay active and independent.

Educational programs

Safety Superheroes

Are you looking for information to help prevent your grandparents or a loved one from falling? Are you a teacher/educator and would like to teach children about how they can help older adults? If so, the safety superheroes are here to help you!

This program was designed for children and families to help them understand how to keep their grandparents and loved ones safe and prevent them from falling. This program includes a fun picture book (Fraser Health) for kids, a checklist (Fraser Health), a bookmark (Fraser Health), an online interactive challenge (Fraser Health), a safety superhero certificate (Fraser Health), a mask (Fraser Health) and other activities for the kids to learn and play.

To learn moreabout this program and how you can help prevent falls, call Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin at 705.674.4330, toll-free at 1.855.674.4330 or email stayonyourfeet@phsd.ca.

A copy of these resources is also available to order at no cost.

Sudbury Rising Stars

You may have seen this troupe of older adults perform, or perhaps you have heard good stories about their skits. This performing troupe educates and increases awareness about lifestyle issues that affect older adults in a fun and entertaining way. They perform in various settings, such as in older adults groups and organizations.

If you are interested in having the Sudbury Rising Stars perform for your group or if you would like to join the troupe, call the Parkside Centre at 705.673.6227.

Troupe de théâtre jeunes de coeur

This French performing troupe from the Centre de Santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury is an older adult, volunteer-driven theatre troupe that educates and increases awareness about older adults’ wellness and falls prevention to the francophone population in Greater Sudbury and the surrounding area.

If you are interested in having this troupe perform for your group of older adults or joining the troupe, call the Centre de Santé Communautaire du Grand Sudbury at 705.670.2166.

Ontario senior secretariat

The Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin coalition offers a one-hour group information session to older adults in the community. During this session practical information, tools on how to reduce the risk of having a fall and healthy lifestyles are discussed.

For more information or if you would like to request this information session, call the Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin at 705.674.4330, toll-free at 1.855.674.4330 or email stayonyourfeet@phsd.ca.

Physical exercise programs

Stand up!

Have you ever experienced a fall? Are you afraid of falling or do you simply want to stay active? If so, Stand Up! is for you. This program is a 12-week group exercise program offered twice a week in various locations throughout the community. This program is usually offered in September and January and is designed to improve your balance and strengthen your lower body extremities. You will learn exercises to make your legs stronger, keep your bones healthy, learn how you can reduce your risk of having a fall and learn simple exercises to do at home. There is no cost to participate in this program.

If you would like more information, or to register, please call Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin at 705.674.4330, toll-free at 1.855.674.4330 or email us at stayonyourfeet@phsd.ca.

Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin offers information sessions and wellness and exercise programs to older adults, usually free of charge.

Frail to fit falls prevention program

Are you 70 years old or older? Would you like to learn about how you can reduce your risk of having a fall? The North East Specialized Geriatric Services offers this 12-week program for adults over the age of 70 living in the community. The program aims to identify and modify risk factors that contribute to falls and to reduce the risk of falling among older adults. There is no cost for participation, but referrals to the program must be made by a physician or by a nurse practitioner with a collaborating physician.

If you would like a copy of the referral form, visit the City of Greater Sudbury website. For more information call 705.688.3970 or toll-free 1.866.551.6501.

Home support exercise program

Would you like to become more independent? This eight-week program is for the frail older adult living at home or in a residence who wishes to become more independent. This is a series of 10 simple, yet progressive, exercises designed to enhance and maintain your functional fitness, your mobility, your balance and independence. There is no cost to participate.

If you would like more information or to register for the next session, please call Stay On Your Feet Sudbury Manitoulin at 705.674.4330, toll-free at 1.855.674.4330 or email us at stayonyourfeet@phsd.ca.

Together in movement and exercise (TIME)

Have you ever had a stroke? A brain injury? Do you have multiple sclerosis (MS)? If so, TIME is for you. TIME is an exercise program tailored to people with neurological conditions. This program will improve your energy levels, increase your mobility in the community, allow you to get fit at your own pace and meet new people.

For more information or to register for the next session, please call ICAN Independence Centre & Network at 705.673.0655.

Assistive devices and other programs

Assistive device program

Do you feel unsteady on your feet? Do you feel you need a walker to assist you with your activities of daily living? The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs an assistive devices program (ADP) to help people who have long-term disabilities get needed equipment and supplies. In some cases, ADP pays 75 per cent of the cost of items like wheeled walkers. If you are interested in having a free walker assessment, please call the Parkside Centre at 705.673.6227.

M2H re-store

Do you have gently-used home medical equipment that you would like to get rid of? Are you looking to purchase gently-used home medical equipment? Then Mobility2home is the store for you. Mobility2home buys and sells gently used and discounted items that have been refurbished, reconditioned, cleaned and disinfected. Don’t hesitate, visit the store (http://mobility2home.ca/)  or call to arrange an assessment of your gently-used equipment.

For more information, call Mobility2home at 705.525.7442 or toll-free at 1.888.745.3333 or email info@mobility2home.ca.

Storefront friendly call program

Are you an older adult and would like to stay informed about events in the community? The Greater Sudbury Police volunteers offers a free service for older adults which consists of a phone call on a regular basis to check on your well being and to inform you about community events.

If you would like to receive a friendly call or know someone who would benefit from this program, call the Greater Sudbury Police Service Volunteer office at 705.675.9171, ext. 2523 or ext. 2335.

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence. The Program can help to buy, repair and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment. For more information contact the March of Dimes at 705.671.3188 or see their website at MarchofDimes.ca.

 


This item was last modified on February 25, 2019