Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health has partnered with Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich to develop this unique volunteer facilitated self-management support program aimed at reducing falls for Goderich residents, specifically those without access to a primary healthcare provider.
The volunteer team has received more than twenty hours of education related to fall prevention best practice, health coaching skills and local community support services through the South West Healthline.
In fall 2015, the South West LHIN’s Assess and Restore Project provided additional funding.
Interested participants are encouraged to call 519-524-8689 ext. 5717 to arrange for a fall risk assessment, no referral needed.
Eligible participants can request a volunteer in-home visit which includes a Get Up and Go assessment, nutrition screening and a Home Safety checklist.
Participants will create a personal action plan with their volunteer ‘coach’, who will also provide follow-up and support to help the participant achieve their self-directed goal(s) for fall prevention.
The program recently received funding to implement the program through to March 2017.