Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, yet most falls are preventable. The Skills to Support Independent Living micro-credential prepares home-care aides to incorporate fall prevention strategies and education for clients into their regular ongoing home care routines. This crucial support enables older adults to live safely in their homes.


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Program description

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. 

Fully funded by

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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.

Program outcomes

  • Define a "fall" and categorize fall risk factors
  • Discuss the guiding principles of SAIL, identify the members of the SAIL team, and describe their roles in supporting clients to use the SAIL tools
  • Explain the importance of behaviour change to fall prevention
  • Demonstrate effective client-focused communication skills in working with clients to make behavioural changes
  • Explain the purpose and method for using each of the SAIL tools
  • Discuss strategies for motivating and supporting clients in working with each of the three levels of the Home Activity Program

Who is this program for?

The target audience is home care aides, or those in similar positions who provide health care and/or social support services for older adults and individuals with disabilities living in their homes. These learners may be currently working or seeking employment in the community health care sector in British Columbia.

Courses and fees

A three-week online program that requires approximately 12-15 hours of study (4-5 hours per week).

Choose from the following course dates: 

  • Jan. 22 - Feb. 15, 2021
  • Jan. 29 - Feb. 22, 2021
  • Feb. 5 - March 1, 2021
  • Feb. 12 - March 8, 2021
  • Feb. 19 - March 15, 2021
  • Additional course dates in February and March to be confirmed

Estimated fees

This program has been fully funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Training is provided at no cost to British Columbia residents who work (or are training to work) in home health care. Contact us for details. 

Application information

Admission requirements

Enrolment is open to all learners in British Columbia interested in fall prevention in the home-care setting. There are no pre-requisites.

Application dates

Starting in
January, February and March 2021
Accepting Applications
Apply by
Feb. 12, 2021
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