What We Do
This annual campaign raises awareness of the harm caused by falls, and what can be done to prevent them. This fits perfectly with our aim here in Canterbury of supporting people to stay well and independent in their own homes for longer.
Approximately 22,000 New Zealanders aged 75+ are hospitalised each year for injuries due to falls. Older people who are injured as a result of a fall are more likely to lose confidence and independence, are at greater risk of falling while in our care, and stay in hospital longer.
The Canterbury Health System is working to reduce the number of falls and the harm they cause in our hospitals and in our communities.
We are committed to achieving zero harm from falls and are focusing on the three key areas
falls prevention in the wider community,
falls prevention in rest homes and
falls prevention for older people receiving care in Canterbury DHB hospitals
Live Stronger for Longer is the theme of this year's 'April Falls' campaign.
The Live Stronger for Longer website offers practical information and advice on how to live an active, independent life and encourages people over 65 to join community group strength and balance classes.
Exercise classes can help prevent falls and give older people the chance to have some fun and meet new people, or see if in-home support is appropriate.
The Live Stronger for Longer movement has been developed by government agencies and health providers for people over 65. It aims to prevent falls and fractures, enabling people to stay well and independent in their own home.
Open for better care. National Health & Safety Campaign
Reducing Harm from Falls: Health Quality & Safety Commission
Falls Prevention Programme
Fridge magnet (for patient)Strength and balance exercises