We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Older Adults Ottawa

Staying Independent Checklist – 

Check Your Risk for Falling

Did you know?

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults in Canada:
·        20- 30% experience at least one fall each year
·        95% of all hip fractures are due to a fall
·        50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home 

Falls can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, loss of 
independence and even death.
(Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014)

The Staying Independent Checklist is a self-screening tool 
for older adults to find out if they are at risk for falling.. Older
\adults are encouraged to complete the Checklist and to 
follow-up with their healthcare provider as needed.

For more information or to get your copy of the Staying
Independent Checklist, please call the Ottawa Public 
\Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 
 or visit 

    OR   VIEW    BELOW

This checklist was developed by the Greater Los Angeles VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center and affiliates and is a validated fall risk self-assessment tool
(Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; vol. 42, n°6, 2011, p. 493-499). Adapted with permission of the authors.

Check Your Risk for Falling
Primary Care Providers: For more information about the Champlain Falls Prevention Strategy, the Staying Independent
Checklist, and the clinical algorithm go to: stopfalls.ca
Please circle “Yes” or “No” for each statement below. Why it matters
Yes (2) No (0) I have fallen in the last 6 months. People who have fallen once are likely
to fall again.
Yes (2) No (0) I use or have been advised to use a cane or
walker to get around safely.
People who have been advised to use
a cane or walker may already be more
likely to fall.
Yes (1) No (0) Sometimes I feel unsteady when I am walking.
Unsteadiness or needing support
while walking are signs of poor
Yes (1) No (0) I steady myself by holding onto furniture when
walking at home. This is also a sign of poor balance.
Yes (1) No (0) I am worried about falling. People who are worried about falling
are more likely to fall.
Yes (1) No (0) I need to push with my hands to stand up from a
This is a sign of weak leg muscles, a
major reason for falling.
Yes (1) No (0) I have some trouble stepping up onto a curb. This is also a sign of weak leg
Yes (1) No (0) I often have to rush to the toilet. Rushing to the bathroom, especially at
night, increases your chance of falling.
Yes (1) No (0) I have lost some feeling in my feet. Numbness in your feet can cause
stumbles and lead to falls.
Yes (1) No (0) I take medicine that sometimes makes me feel
light-headed or more tired than usual.
Side effects from medicine can
sometimes increase your chance of
Yes (1) No (0) I take medicine to help me sleep or improve my
These medicines can sometimes
increase your chance of falling.
Yes (1) No (0) I often feel sad or depressed.
Symptoms of depression, such as not
feeling well or feeling slowed down,
are linked to falls.
TOTAL ______

Add up the number of points for each “yes” answer.
If you scored 4 points or more, you may be at risk for falling.
Discuss this brochure with your doctor or health care practitioner.

Falls are the main reason
why older people lose their
Are you at risk?

For more information on exercise and
falls prevention programs, contact
Champlain CCAC (613 310-2222 or
This initiative is sponsored by the Champlain Local
Health Integration Network and the four regional
health units.

Ottawa Police Service About Street Checks

Following consultation efforts across Ontario 
this summer including our own local brand of community 
\engagement sessions held here in Ottawa, the Ministry of 
Community Safety and Correctional Services announced 
two draft regulations regarding street checks.

Posted online on October 28th, 2015, the draft regulations 
are complex and contain significant new requirements for 
police services.  They prohibit the random and arbitrary 
collection of identifying information by police; and establish 
clear new rules for voluntary police-public interactions 
where identifying information is collected by officers.

The Ottawa Police Service has always maintained that 
random and arbitrary street checks are illegal and are 
not practiced by our officers. OPS street checks are a 
valuable tool for preventing and solving crime in our 
community.   Our officers will continue the current 
practice in place until the new regulations are enacted.

Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the draft 
regulations to determine the practical applications and 
project impacts on the scope, approach and budget.   
Ottawa Police will not be making any other media 
comments until our review is completed.

The draft regulations and a summary document have 
been posted online for a 45-day comment period 
ending on December 12, 2015.  You can find project 
updates including the summary of local consultation
efforts as well as a link to the draft regulations at 

Under the leadership of Acting Inspector Mark Patterson, 
the OPS Street Check Project will continue to promote 
community-police dialogue and engagement opportunities 
on this important topic throughout the project.  If you 
have any concerns or suggestions, please contact him directly at pattersonm@ottawapolice.ca<mailto:pattersonm@ottawapolice.ca

Friday, October 30, 2015

DiscoverRec: November, 2015

Groups Get Fit for Less!

Want a discount on your fitness membership? Are you part 
of a company, community group or team? Our NEW Corporate
 or Group Fitness membership may be just what you need!

Starting November 1, the City of Ottawa offers a 20% savings
 on CLASS A, All-Inclusive or One Option memberships for 
employees or members of participating Corporations and Groups.

With 23 locations across the city, swimming pools, hot tubs, 
indoor cycling, weight rooms with heavy duty strength and 
cardio equipment, plus fitness and aquafitness classes, 
this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

Get your employer to join today and start saving! 

Need a Party Room?

Is your living room too small for the staff holiday get-together? 
Don't panic! Across the city are rooms of many sizes that can 
be rented for your special event!  Check out our 20 featured facilities 
with room photos and video tours to help you find your ideal
location.  Find availability and send a rental request from your
 computer any time.  Our affordable and accessible spaces 
come with tables, chairs and parking. 

Holiday happiness - register 

now for our December day 

 camps and workshops

Think it's too early to start planning for the holidays? 
Think again! Registration for the City's many Christmas 
and winter holiday workshops and day camps has 
already begun. With dazzling activities such as games, 
sports, crafts and skating, there's plenty of holiday fun 
to be had. Register now! 

Locally made crafts and treats at McNabb 

McNabb Community Centre's annual Christmas Craft Sale 
on Saturday November 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Free 
admission and free parking, with over 25 tables of crafts 
and delectable treats just in time for your holiday shopping.  
Christmas Craft Sale has operated for over 30 years at 
180 Percy Street in Centretown.

Dashing through the – wait, what?

Start your holidays early! Festive workshops are filling up 
already. Attend a class and create the first piece of a 
Christmas village – a special "heirloom" to pass down
 for generations to come, or bring the whole family to
 this class where each member will create a handmade 
ornament to help "trim the tree". 

Ride the surf at the city's 

wave pools

The ultimate swim experience, the city's wave pools 
offer a wet and wild occasion like no other. After all, 
where else in Ottawa can you swim indoors while 
enjoying the thrill of plunging through metre-high waves? 
With three convenient locations - Kanata Leisure Centre 
and Wave Pool, Splash Wave Pool on Ogilvie and the 
Ray Friel Recreation Complex in OrlĂ©ans - our wave pools 
hold the most exhilarating aquatics experience around! 
Use our swim schedule search tool to find the next wave 
swim at the facility closest to you.  

 Jump, jive and wail at the 

City's Big Band Dances

Adults of all ages are invited to Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre to 
swing to the hits of the 40's and 50's! People come from all over 
to hear the sounds of Ottawa's best Big Bands
 and dance the night away!  Featuring The Grey Jazz Big Band, 
join us Thursday, December 3. Tickets are $19 
in advance or $23 at the door and include a light lunch. Cash
 bar available. Call 613-828-4313 for more information. 

Art show and sale

View a brilliant display of artwork created by our many talented senior
 artists.  November 21 to December 4 from 10 am to 2 pm. Free 
admissions and parking. Heron Seniors' Centre

Community outdoor rink 

program is recruiting!

Join the hundreds of community-based volunteers who devote their
 time to provide access to affordable winter recreational activity every year!
The City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department 
is recruiting committed groups or individuals that are interested in 
operating or supporting a neighborhood outdoor rink for the 
2015-16 season.
For more information please call 613-580-2590 or e-mail the 
Seasonal Recreation Office at seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca

Friday, October 23, 2015

Calling all crafters and bakers

This year as part of the annual Homes for 
the Holidays tour, the Ruddy-Shenkman 
Hospice will host the first


We need your help to bring this holiday 
vision to fruition.

If you knit, make jewellery, sew, 

mold candles, blow glass or have a 
passion for creating that perfect gift 
or the hard-to-shop-for person, please 
consider donating a few items to us.  
We would love to have your creations 
in our shop!

Are you a baker?  Consider entering 
our Gingerbread Builders Bake-Off. 
Click here for rules, 
contest information 
and how to enter.

For more information about the 
Debbie Brown at 613-591-6002 ext. 27