Staying on Your Feet

How to stay fall-free, healthy and independent!

Learn more about how individuals, families, professionals and communities can help prevent falls!


If you or someone close to you is 65 years of age or older, the chance of  at least one fall in 2009 is one in three! This means that more than 30,000 older Winnipeggers are likely to fall this year. And that risk increases to one in two for people over the age of 80.

Falls can have serious consequences, including hospitalization, permanent loss of mobility and independence, and even death. Here are some facts about falls in Winnipeg:

  • Injuries caused by falls are the #1 reason for injury hospitalizations for persons 65 years of age and older
  • More than 1600 older adults in Winnipeg are hospitalized each year due to fall injuries.
  • People who are admitted to a hospital because of a fall tend to stay in hospital for a very long time, an average of 33 days.
  • Approximately 90 older adults die each year in Winnipeg due to a fall.

Did you know that most falls are preventable?

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has several resources to help identify what factors could cause a fall and what things to do to prevent a fall.

A Checklist to Help You Prevent Falls 

The first step in preventing a fall is to understand what causes them. We’ve put together a checklist to help identify the factors that could cause a person to fall. It only takes a few minutes to complete and it helps identify individual fall risk factors so action can be taken. 

A Checklist to Help You Prevent Falls

NEW Community and Ambulatory Care Client Falls Risk Screening Tool and Corresponding Fall Risk Factors Client Letter

This screening tool was adapted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Community and Ambulatory Care Fall Prevention Working Group to screen risk for falling in clients who visit WRHA community and ambulatory care sites. The tool was modified for use in our community based settings to provide prevention and management strategies to reduce fall risks. The screening tool and a corresponding Your Fall Risk Factors form that includes recommended actions will help WRHA teams meet the Falls Prevention Required Organizational Practice (ROP) as mandated by Accreditation Canada.

Community and Ambulatory Care Client Falls Risk Screening Tool

Your Falls Risk Factors

To order, please follow your site’s usual ordering process.

The Community and Ambulatory Care Client Falls Risk Screening Tool has been developed from Russell et al’s (2009) Falls Risk for Older People in the Community tool, Age and Ageing, 38(1), 40 – 46, by the Community and Ambulatory Care Falls Prevention Working Group.

Your Home Safety Checklist

Many falls occur in and around the home. However, a few simple steps can make a home safer and prevent a fall. The Home Safety Checklist will help you determine what things in and around your home could cause you to fall. It also provides helpful suggestions on easy and inexpensive ways to make your home safer.

Download the Home Safety Checklist

Take Action to Prevent Falls Education Booklet

Now you know the factors that put you at risk of falling, you need to know what actions to take to prevent a fall. This booklet centres on 9 key areas:

  • How to be more physically active

  • Managing medications

  • Taking care of health

  • Improving balance

  • Improving the way you walk

  • Foot care and safe footwear

  • Checking eyesight

  • Eating well

  • Identifying, removing and reporting hazards

For each area, the booklet provides simple and effective steps to help prevent a fall. Review each section and focus on the factors that relate to an individual’s lifestyle, independence and environment.  Risk of having a fall can be reduce when we offer to help an older adult with activities that could increase their chances of falling, e.g. climbing a ladder to change a light bulb.

Download the Take Action to Prevent Falls Booklet:
English | French

Be sure to complete the personal review at the end of each section, and "My Personal Action Plan" on page 41 of the booklet.

New! Proper Footwear can Prevent Falls
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New!  Improve your Balance & Strength - Home Exercise Sheet

Remember: Most Falls Are Preventable!

Take action TODAY to prevent a fall and stay healthy and independent for years to come.

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