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Falls Prevention Team

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Join our team! We generally meet once a month at the Visiting Nurse Association, 1524 Sycamore St., Iowa City. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30am.

To confirm meeting dates or for more information, contact Jeff Kellbach, Social Services Aging Specialist at 319-356-6090 or jkellbach@co.johnson.ia.us.

While falls occur at all ages, the consequences for older adults are especially costly, including loss of independence and mobility. When a senior falls, the impact can extend to family members, employers, health care systems, and the community. Reducing the risk of falls calls for a community effort-everyone can do something to help prevent falls.

Today, through volunteer members and the Johnson County service provider community the JCLC Falls Prevention Action Team continuously develops and supports programs, services and outreach efforts including, but not limited to Matter of Balance, Sure Steps, Tai Chi, Stepping On, and JCLC Falls Prevention Resource Fair. 

History of Falls Prevention Action Team

The need for a falls prevention effort was suggested to the Johnson County Livable Community Policy Board by Suellen Novotny, Executive Director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Johnson County. In response, JCLC volunteers formed a Falls Prevention Action Team. A subcommittee focused on options to form a collaborative coalition, develop a project plan, and secure funding. The Sure Steps Coalition grew out of this Action Team’s efforts. Sure Steps is a community-based falls prevention effort to inform Johnson County residents about the costs and risk factors associated with falls, and to encourage utilization of prevention steps and services available for seniors. In 2010, the Sure Steps coalition was awarded funding from the Wellmark Foundation for a two-year project to develop and implement a self-sustaining falls prevention effort in Johnson County. 

 

The Falls Prevention Action Team continues to carry out what began as the Sure Steps falls prevention outreach program in Johnson County. through its volunteer members and the Johnson County service provider community. Falls Prevention is now a focus of state and national efforts. Sure Steps focuses on four key areas: Physical Activity, Medication Review, Vision Checks, and Home Safety.

 

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