SafetyAid: Falls Prevention
This is a FREE Fall Prevention program offered in partnership with the province of Manitoba that helps prevent falls and gives older adults a greater sense of safety in their homes. Older adults 65+ are eligible to have a safety audit of their home and property.
It may come as a surprise that falling is a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Each year in the Winnipeg Health Region, an average of 87 people die and another 1649 are hospitalized due to injuries caused by a fall. These injuries can be very serious. The average length of hospital stay for a fall injury is 31 days – 10 days longer than hospital stays for other injuries. (http://www.preventfalls.ca)
The good news is that we know what puts people at risk of falling and being injured. Therefore, we can help reduce the risk of falling. You can help by encouraging older adults and health professionals to learn more about the importance of preventing falls.
What is the SafetyAid program?
SafetyAid is a falls prevention program that helps prevent falls and gives older adults a greater sense of safety in their homes. SafetyAid also provides material on how to prevent falls.
Who is eligible for an audit and free safety devices?
Seniors 65+ who live in the community and have a net income below $25,000 if single or a combined net income of less than $30,000 for couples. Older adults who exceed the income levels are eligible for free falls prevention audits.
How much does it cost?
Individuals and couples 65+, living in Winnipeg are eligible for a free home falls prevention audit. SafetyAid also provides free community presentations on falls prevention.
What devices does SafetyAid provide?
SafetyAid can provide falls prevention materials which include: non-slip bath mats, nightlights, flashlights, fluorescent stair tape, ice melt for sidewalks and ice grip tips for canes.
Who can I contact?
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults Intake Line
In Winnipeg: 204-956-6440
SafetyAid program gives you the feeling that somebody cared and this is very important as you grow older. Just to even know that there is some place where clients can call to get important services (for social engagement, housing, safety and security, etc.) is a huge piece of mind.
We would recommend the program to anyone. Glad there is a program out there looking out for the safety of older adults.
I have always maintained nothing in this life is free. Now I have changed my mind. I think you have a wonderful program.