Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention
While it was known that fall injuries are among the most frequent and preventable causes of injury, health care utilization, and functional decline among older adults, little attention was given to prevention in clinical practice. This website was developed by researchers and clinicians involved in much of the original research showing that falls and injuries are frequent among older adults. The research also showed that this frequency can be lowered by identifying and treating the health problems that lead to falls.
The information and materials presented here were developed by researchers at Yale University, collaborating with clinicians in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area to develop methods for incorporating fall risk assessment and treatment into the care of older adults. The Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP) programming, protocols and patient education materials are now available for purchase by organizations interested in efficiently and effectively developing evidence-based programming to decrease falls and fall injuries.
Falls are the most preventable cause of nursing home placement, and are even more common than strokes. Over 3 in 10 adults 70 years and over fall each year. These entirely preventable incidents often result in problems with daily activities like dressing, bathing, and getting around the house.
Falls and fall injuries are one of the most common health problems among older adults. However, since falling is not a single disease, clinicians may not recognize falling as a treatable health problem. The consequences of untreated falls and risk factors can be just as serious as those of other untreated chronic diseases. The risk of falling increases as the number of risk factors an older person has for falling increases.
The CCFP offers a number of informational materials for purchase. These materials include guidebooks for clinicians in fall treatment and prevention, as well as and handout materials and brochures for clinicians to give to their patients. Materials can be ordered by emailing a completed order form to the CCFP.