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Find information on falls prevention programs, services and resources for older adults and health care providers within Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka

Please review our core services and programs information below. 
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VON Canada SMART

(Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) ®

SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® Exercise Program is a gentle fitness program designed for people aged 55+. SMART helps you stay active and maintain your independence.  The SMART program is fully funded by the NSM LHIN and there is no participant charge.  Please see below of contact information for the programs in your area. 


Barrie Class Locations


Midland and area Class Locations


Muskoka Class Locations


Orillia Class Locations


Wasaga Beach and area Class Locations


Information about SMART exercise classes in the community and retirement homes:

Barrie, Innisfil and Area - 705-737-5044  ext. 221

Orillia and area – 705-326-7021

Muskoka – 705-787-1996

Collingwood/Midland and area - 705-355-2200

Information on the Healthy Aging Education Series - please call  1-877-665-6065

Healthy Aging Series Summary

 

The Healthy Aging Series is presented by speakers from the VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)®Program, IRFP (Integrated Regional Falls Program), and Osteoporosis Canada. The series is sponsored by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network and therefore is FREE for participants. Speakers include a kinesiologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist and nurse. The 2-hour sessions run once per week for 12 weeks. The material is usually covered in one hour with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, and the speaker is available for an additional hour. Descriptions of the topics covered in the series are listed below. (Modules are not necessarily presented in this order aside from Unit 1 which is usually first and Unit 12 which is usually last. Details on actual speaker/topic can be provided 7-10 days before session.)

 

Unit 1 – Staying on Your Feet

The goal of this class is to be more aware of the cause and impact of falls, and to increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity.

Unit 2 – Taking Charge of Your Health
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of the importance of taking charge of your health in order to decrease your risk of a fall. Includes an overview of a variety of chronic diseases and conditions frequently experienced by seniors (ie. vision loss, hearing loss, diabetes, stroke, etc.), and some tips on how to manage them.

Unit 3 – Medications
The goal of this class is to increase awareness that some medications and their side effects can cause falls, to learn that discussing this with a health professional may prevent falls, and to increase awareness that combinations of certain (many) medications can cause dizziness and weakness and can result in falling.

Unit 4 –Exercise, Posture, and Staying in Healthy Condition
The goal of this class is to learn about the importance of strength, balance and posture training for fall prevention as well as the danger of deconditioning.

Unit 5 – Nutrition and Continence
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of the benefits of eating well to improve sense of well-being and having increased energy, and to increase awareness of strategies to manage continence by planning ahead, paying attention and not rushing.

Unit 6 – Healthy Feet
The goal of this class is to learn about the importance of safe footwear and foot care, and the role of both in your ability to be active and reduce your fall risk.

Unit 7 – Ways to Stay Safe and Independent
The goal of this class is to inform you about some of the tools and assistive devices available to help manage daily tasks, as well as how and where to get them. Walker safety is also discussed.

Unit 8 – Bone Health
The goal of this class is to inform the group about healthy bones and the need to have a fracture risk assessment.The role of calcium, vitamin D, exercise, osteoporosis medications and fall prevention are discussed in relation to preventing fractures.

Unit 9 – Home and Community Considerations for Fall Prevention
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of potential safety issues in your home and how to address those risks, and to promote discussion on accessibility and fall risks in the community and how to reduce fall risks.

Unit 10 – Sleep
The goal of this class is to learn the importance of sleep and its impact on our health and well-being, and to improve knowledge of techniques to improve sleep.

Unit 11 – Maintaining a Healthy Brain
The goal of this class is to learn about brain health and to improve knowledge of how brain health impacts our overall well being.

Unit 12 – Pay Attention to Keep Safe
The goal of this class is to discuss the importance of planning ahead and avoid taking risks to promote safety. Key information covered in previous units will also be reviewed.


Free e-learning modules on Geriatric Syndromes


Independent Living Services
http://www.ilssimcoe.ca/t/home.aspx



Mobile Seating and Mobility 
The Clinic provides walker, manual wheelchair and seating assessments and prescriptions to seniors living in the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network catchment area.


Note that clients/caregivers must call the pt Health Clinic booking to schedule an appointment, not the LTC facility where the clinic is being held. 

PLEASE CALL:  1-877-696-1620 TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS

*for Walkers, Manual Wheelchairs and Seating Only – No Power Mobility*

LOCATION

DATES

 

Barrie

Woods Park Care Centre

110 Lillian Crescent

Barrie, ON L4N 0V6

 

n/a

 

Thursday

December 15th, 2016

 

Collingwood

Sunset Manor

49 Raglan Street,

Collingwood, ON L9Y 4X1

 

Tuesday

December 20th, 2016

 

n/a

 

Orillia

 

Trillium Manor

12 Grace Ave,
Orillia ON, L3V 2K2

 

Friday

January 13th, 2017

 

n/a

 

Barrie

Woods Park Care Centre

110 Lillian Crescent

Barrie, ON L4N 0V6

 

n/a

 

Friday

January 27, 2017

 

Midland

Villa Retirement Lodge

689 Yonge Street

Midland, ON L4R 2E1

 

Friday

February 10th, 2017

 

n/a

 

Barrie

Woods Park Care Centre

110 Lillian Crescent

Barrie, ON L4N 0V6

 

n/a

 

Friday

February 24th, 2017

 

Huntsville

Fairvern Nursing Home

14 Mill Street

Huntsville, ON P1H 2A4

 

Friday

March 17th, 2017

 

n/a

 

Barrie

Woods Park Care Centre

110 Lillian Crescent

Barrie, ON L4N 0V6

 

n/a

 

Friday

March 31st, 2017

 

Collingwood

Sunset Manor

49 Raglan Street,

Collingwood, ON L9Y 4X1

 

Tuesday

April 18th, 2017

 

n/a

 

Barrie

Woods Park Care Centre

110 Lillian Crescent

Barrie, ON L4N 0V6

 

n/a

 

Friday

April 28th, 2017

                                                                                       

What you need to do:
Have a valid OHIP card
Arrange transportation to the clinic nearest you


North Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Regional Falls Program
1-877-665-6065 intake and triage line

Interventions may include:

Screening for risk of falls, medication reviews, walking assessments, home safety evaluations, linking to community resources 


Criteria for referral:
Ages 65 year(s) and up or 55 with complex health issues 
One of the following:


1) Fall within the last 12 months

2) Near fall within the last 3 months 

3) A fear of falling.

Referrals can be made by family physician, nurse practitioner, other health care professionals, patient or family.

Covered by OHIP

                 
All referrals must come through Central Intake and Triage 
1-877-665-6065
or
705-330-3200 (local)

Call to request referral forms

For any additional information please contact program manager,

705-325-2201 Ex 3463



Doctor House Calls - Barrie and Midland area.    Call 705-433-1362 9am-9pm weekdays and 10am-5pm weekends www.simcoecountyhc.com

Georgian College Oral Health Clinics 
Reduced Fees $30 for Adults
http://www.georgiancollege.ca/community-alumni/health-and-wellness-clinics/oral-health/


Free Oral Health Care Tutorials for Older Adults

 

Non Social Assistance Program

The County of Simcoe Social Services Department has allocated funding from the Social Assistance Restructuring Fund to support low income and non social assistance recipients with health related expenses for the following items;  eyeglasses, dentures and emergency dental.  This funding will assist low income earners, individuals in receipt of Employment Insurance, low income seniors and those in receipt of Canada Pension Plan such as disability benefits.  

Those individuals who have benefits through another plan or agency do not quality for this program.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To make an application, please contact the County of Simcoe Social Services Division at (705) 722-3132 ext 1109 or from the Beeton area, call toll free (905) 729-4514 ext 1109, and an initial screening for eligibility will be completed over the phone.  Once the application has been completed, information will be mailed to the applicant along with a self addressed envelope.  The mailed information will include a listing of items required for verification purposes including the requirement to return a signed application form.   Eligibility will be based on a needs testing, taking into consideration assets, income, shelter costs as well as the cost of the requested item(s).

Funding for this program will be reviewed on an annual basis.

 


Annual Fall Prevention Conference Content

2016 - 9th Annual End Falls This Fall Conference Presentations:
(previous years are posted at the bottom of this page)

Exploring Substance Use Disorders and Addiction in Seniors

The Journey to ACEing Seniors Care at Orillia Soldiers' Mememorial Hospital

Maximizing Function in Parkinson's Disease

Moving Forward Together: Loop and Fall Prevention Month

Urinary Incontinence - Physiotherapy Management for Falls Prevention

Let's Make a SMART Referral: A Comparison of SMART and Enhanced SMART

F.A.L.L.S. Rapid Fire Presentations

Mental Health & the Risk of Falling

2015 - 8th Annual End Falls This Fall Conference Presentations:

Dr. Gordon - Caregivers & Dementia

Christy Skelly -  Independent Living Services and the Assistive Devices Exchange 

Toronto Rehab Bathroom Safety

Georgian College Oral Health & Overall Health

VON SMART Program - Updates and Stretches

Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) - Tips & Tricks for Dementia

Dr. Karim Dharssi - Herbal Suppliments & Falls


2014 - 7th Annual Conference Speaker Presentations:

What's Up with Falls? A Practical Approach for Health Care Providers

Cognitive Impairment: Is there an association with falls?

North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Update

Falls & Medications: A Case-Based Approach

TO FALL OR NOT TO FALL...... A lived experience

The Influence of Pain on Balance; What can we do about it?


2013  - 6th Annual End Falls This Fall Conference Presentations:

Dr. Puxty - Frailty and Aging - Managing from a Community Perspective

Lynda Culley - Dementia and Falls - Practical Considerations

Ryan Tripp - Parkinson's

Leslie Braden - Pharmacy Update

Catherine Chater - Hoarding

Stuart McKinnon - Fall Prevention and EMS

Alison Novak - Preventing Falls Through Improved Stair and Handrail Design


2012 - 5th Annual Fall Prevention Conference Presentations:

Dr. Chris Schell - Vision

JoAnne Pelletier-Bressette and Nancy Hooper - General Psychiatry

Dr. Heather Keller - Falls, Nutrition and Dehydration

Ingrid Beam - Foot Care

Christine McIntosh - Client Self Management

Dr. Klaus Schwanbeck - Nordic Pole Walking


Additional Resources


Finding Balance Ontario
http://www.findingbalanceontario.ca/

Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN)
http://seniorshealthknowledgenetwork.ca/home

Ontario Falls Prevention Community of Practice
http://www.shrtn.on.ca/community/falls-prevention-community-practice