Falls Prevention Awareness

The Falls Prevention in Santa Clara County (FPSCC) Task Force has been working with community partners to support a variety of events related to Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2017. The task force is working throughout the County of Santa Clara to coordinate educational workshops, health fairs, balance assessments, and other activities to increase awareness regarding falls prevention. We are also providing resources to all the cities in the County to help them disseminate up-to-date and research driven materials and information to older adults in the community. The FPSCC also produced a tool kit that contains a variety of activities that community partners can use during Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and Active Aging Week.

FPSCC produced a reusable placemat with information regarding tips for falls prevention, important exercises to improve balance, how to get up from a fall and information on community resources. These placemats and brochures were distributed to over 6000 people throughout the County. In addition, we provided falls prevention talks to over 1500 older adults throughout the County.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is one of three counties in the nation to pilot The Home Safety Checklist Tool developed by the University of Southern California. To date, numerous first responders have been trained to increase their capacity to meet the needs of clients who call emergency services for lift assists and connect them to community resources.