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Step Ahead to Falls Prevention in Older Adults

This training program consists of two 4-hour modules and was originally developed by Toronto Public Health and York Region Community and Health Services. The first module focuses on aging, ageism, learned helplessness, risk factors for falls, and changing behaviour through supportive coaching. Module 2 is the Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) © developed by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging for frail older adults.

The HSEP module focuses on the importance of physical activity and functional mobility, and teaches the ten simple, progressive exercises designed to enhance and maintain functional fitness, mobility, and independence by increasing balance, strength and flexibility. The goal of this module is to enable participants to teach and/or coach older adults in the HSEP.
The Step Ahead training is designed to enable Health and Allied Health Care providers to incorporate fall prevention strategies and the HSEP into their normal routines when working with older adults. The program is evidence-based and utilizes current research, adult learning principles, and best practices in fall prevention.

The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has partnered with Georgian College in Owen Sound to offer the training program to RPN and PSW students. Module 1 is currently offered to RPN students, while Module 1 and 2 are offered to PSW students. The Middlesex London Health Unit has partnered with Westervelt College in London to offer Module 1 of the training program to PSW students.