Stay on Your Feet (SOYF)

Categories

Categories associated with best practice:

  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
  • Best Practices
  • Community/ Neighbourhood
  • Health Care Setting
  • Injury Prevention
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical environment
  • Social Support Networks

Determinants of Health: Biology and genetic endowment, Personal health practices and coping skills, Physical environment, Social support networks

Overview

The goal of the program is to decrease the number and severity of falls experienced by people over 60 years of age through multi-component interventions whose success could be measured. Government and non-government organizations, including the Department of Housing and local councils, undertook fall prevention activities. For example, one local council underwent safety audits of businesses and provided proprietors with a copy of a safety assessment and a document showing how falls safety could be improved. Program results indicate a 22% lower incidence of self-reported falls and 20% lower fall-related hospitalization rate in the intervention area as compared to the control area.

Primary Source Document

van Beurden E, Kempton A, Sladden T, Garner E., Designing an evaluation for a multiple-strategy community intervention: the North Coast Stay on Your Feet program. Aust N Z J Public Health. 1998 Feb;22(1):115-9

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Injury Control Council of WA

City West Lotteries House

2 Delhi Street

West Perth Western Australia 6005

Phone: +61 8 9420 7212

Email

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
Reduction in (self reported) falls
  • Individual level
  • Societal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Reduction in hospitalizations due to falls
  • Individual level
  • Societal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

    Risk Reduction

    • Prevent injury

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Counselling sessions to those who are at high risk for a chronic disease
    • Create a community coalition
    • Educational health information offered
    • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition
    • Training offered to deliver the intervention
    • Community event/forum
    • Group process/program
    • Partnership development
    • Modifying natural/built environments
    • Provision of planning tools and evaluation tools

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

    • Seniors (age 65+ years)

    Settings

    Educational Settings

      Community Setting

      • Home
      • Community/neighbourhood
      • Health care setting

      Outcomes

      Outcomes and Impact Chart
      Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
      Individual LevelReduction of falls by 22%Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
      Individual LevelReduction of hospitalizations by 20%Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.

      Adaptability

      Implementation History

      • Multiple implementations - Different settings/populations/providers - The intervention showed significant adaptability as it has been implemented in different settings or with different populations or by different provider(s). This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

      Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

      • Requires specialized skills that are easily available within the context - The intervention requires the participation of personnel with advanced skills (e.g. medical doctors, epidemiologists, social workers) but that are easily available within the intervention context.

      Are there supports available for implementation

      Yes. Various Canadian jurisdictions are at various stages in the process of implementing replications

      Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

      Yes. Numerous documents, tools, etc. available on Australian site, and at various Canadian replications