Skills to Support Independent Living is an online, facilitated program focused on practical skills that can be applied immediately in learners’ work settings to promote their clients’ health and safety. This professional micro-credential has been funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to equip home care aides in BC to use the evidence-based tools of the Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) fall prevention program. Learners will develop skills in effective communication, team-building, identification of risk factors, and implementation of proven multifactorial strategies for fall prevention. Fall prevention experts will guide and assess learners in developing the competencies, and learners will benefit from peer-to-peer engagement. Resources include a toolkit of handouts and motivational trackers, and a three-level, home-based exercise program featuring videos for clients and training videos for staff.
You’ll learn how to apply the following tools in your work:
- A specially developed, three-level, home-based exercise program that includes videos and handouts for client use, and training for you on how to motivate and support clients to use the program
- A detailed risk factor checklist
- An action plan framework with numerous strategies and actions to reduce each risk factor
- Fall tracking and reporting tools
- Optional ongoing yearly access to the SAIL tools and videos available on a sliding scale. Includes additional guidance for home care service supervisors to manage a SAIL program.
One-year optional access to additional SAIL resources is also available.