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Finding Balance Alberta
Promotes real life strategies older adults can implement to reduce their risk of falling. Download several concise brochures related to balance and dizziness.
Includes tips on using reflective materials to increase the visibility of pedestrians. Supported by The Community Against Preventable Injuries. (Canadian)
Prevent Falls: Stay on Your Feet [PDF]
Download a copy of this Vancouver Health Booklet [PDF] - English, Chinese, Farsi, and Punjabi versions available. (Canadian)
St. John Ambulance
Provider of a province-wide First Call Medical Alert program and several free publications including Are You at Risk of a Fall? and Hotspots – Home Safety Checklist. For copies, phone 604-321-2652 or email email@example.com. (Canadian)
STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)
Provides information and tools to assess and address fall risk. Download brochures (PDFs) that older adults can use to self-assess and reduce their risk of falling. (American)
Clinics and Programs for Seniors in BC
One in three British Columbians over the age of 65 loses balance and falls every year. Fall-related injuries in Canada cost the economy $2.8 billion a year.
Falls and Fracture Prevention Clinic (St. Paul’s Hospital)
Offers multidisciplinary care and active programs including research-based balance classes. Works closely with clinicians and specialists in the larger Providence Health Care Elder Care Ambulatory Clinic. Patients must be referred by a doctor.
Interior Health Fall and Injury Prevention
Offers programs in the Interior to reduce the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries.
Vancouver Coastal Health Falls Prevention Clinic (Vancouver General Hospital)
Offers fall risk assessment, comprehensive assessment by a geriatrician and evidence-based home exercise. Patients must be referred by a doctor. Service area: Vancouver.
Vancouver Island Health Seniors Outpatient Clinics
Offers falls prevention programs in Comox, Nanaimo and Victoria.
Tests to Assess Risk of Falling
There are a number of tests that can be used to assess the state of your balance.
Please note: Although these tests can be done alone, it is advantageous to do them with a medical professional to ensure they are done properly and the results interpreted accurately.
Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)
Berg Balance Scale (BBS)