The Connecticut State Legislature funded (2007-2009 fiscal year) Yale University’s, CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP) hoping to decrease the number of falls among older adults statewide and to identify opportunities in which state policy could sustain changes, attitudes and knowledge of fall prevention. CCFP’s extensive fall prevention research has lead to their active engagement in community-based fall prevention efforts since the year 2000.
The CCFP is targeting clinician groups throughout Connecticut with direct contact, trainings, materials, and strategies for fall risk assessment and interventions. All are designed to increase clinicians and older adults awareness of fall risk factors and appropriate interventions, and to understand that falling is a common health problem with serious morbidity that is preventable through modifiable risk factors.
Targeted groups include home care agencies, outpatient rehabilitation centers, senior centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, physicians, and clinicians. It is anticipated that CCFP’s train-the-trainer approach will educate 1,000 clinicians from 300 home care agencies, outpatient, rehab centers, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. Connecticut’s acute care hospitals will also be targeted with fall prevention strategies through working with medical staff to offer medical grand rounds on fall prevention and safe prescribing for the elderly.
A public awareness component includes reaching older adults through the ConnPACE drug assistance program and the Meals on Wheels Program. Physicians will be targeted with general fall prevention information via the Connecticut Geriatric Association, County Medical Associations and CCFP.
The CCFP initiative hopes to play a significant role in the reduction of disease, disability, and injury of older adults through the outlined fall prevention strategies and ultimately demonstrate reduced utilization and a reduction in Medicaid costs.
For more information on the CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention Statewide Initiative please contact Sarah Gauger at (860)424-5233 or by e-mail at Sarah.Gauger@ct.gov