Section 1: Introduction/Getting Started
Falls are associated with complications such as limited social interaction, functional decline, and depression and are a strong predictor of skilled nursing facility placement.
In addition, fall-related injuries and complications result in significant strain on the healthcare system. Wisconsin has the highest rate of fall-related deaths for adults over the age of 65.
The Falls Free Wisconsin Coalition is committed to improving health outcomes and healthy aging among older adults in Wisconsin using a collective impact approach. Made up of community-based organizations such as aging offices and Aging & Disability Resource Centers, health care providers and systems, local falls and injury prevention coalitions, and others, the group is focused on:
This toolkit is designed to meet a wide variety of communities and organizations, including:
Throughout this document, the term coalition will be used to broadly refer to all collaborative efforts for fall prevention.
Developing a county coalition can play an important role in changing systems to address fall prevention. A coalition to address falls and fall-related injuries can offer a variety of opportunities and advantages, which include:
The key recommendation from coalitions across the state and the country is to be inclusive. All members of a community, including consumers, providers, policy makers, older adults themselves, and others, have a role to play in reducing the number of falls and falls-related injuries among older adults and promoting best practices for maintaining independence, safe mobility, and strength and balance. Other recommendations include the following: