Falls among seniors (individuals 65 years and older) have become a significant health concern in Canada. More than one-third of seniors experience falls, which can have a devastating physical and psychological impact, resulting in disability, chronic pain, loss of independence, reduced quality of life, and even death. Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors and also contribute to a significant burden on the healthcare system. Direct healthcare costs for falls in Canada are estimated at $2 billion annually.
The negative impact of falls highlights a need to understand the burden of falls on Canadians and the health system. In the 2014 report Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care, Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and CPSI take a closer look at the issues and share information about falls and falls prevention in acute care, long-term care, and home care settings.