Falls Prevention Strategy
OUR GOAL: Decrease the rate of ER visits & hospitalizations for falls for older adults by 20 percent over 10 years in Baltimore City
How will we get there?
1) Identify high-risk neighborhoods
BCHD is using B'FRIEND data to map out where falls are happening in the city in real-time and identify "hot spots" where more older adults are experiencing falls. To learn more about B'FRIEND.
2) Target Proven Interventions in Hot Spots
Physical activity to improve strength, balance, and coordination with exercise programs
Medication management to monitor medications for interactions
Vision screening to check for and correct poor vision
House assessment to make home modifications to eliminate hazards
3) Launch a public health campaign about preventing falls
Public health campaigns are effective educational tools for increasing public awareness, knowledge, and action.
We will seek to:
Inform and engage medical professionals to better coordinate care in hot spots
Engage community members and caregivers around falls prevention
Assist in training and deploying older adults to provide peer-to-peer support
Download and Share the Baltimore Falls Reduction Strategy Infographic
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