Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. December 13, 2016

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence


Are you looking for the latest news and research results about fall prevention? Do you need examples of successful fall prevention programs? Are you seeking additional fall prevention training opportunities for yourself or your team?

For over 20 years, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence has been providing leadership, creating new knowledge, improving practice and developing sustainable fall prevention programs.


Headquartered at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence operates as a coalition of several California universities and public agencies.

Its vision is to create a Center of Excellence to ensure the independence, safety, and well-being of older persons through fall prevention.

Its mission is to provide leadership, create new knowledge, and develop sustainable programs for seniors and their families, professionals, program administrators, and policymakers. It seeks to better understand and identify causes of falls and develop effective interventions at individual, program and systems levels.

One example of a Fall Prevention Center of Excellence program is called Home SAFE.

Home Safety Adaptations for the Elderly (Home SAFE)

Funded by The Eisner Foundation and focused on the half a million older persons in Los Angeles County, Home SAFE’s mission is to make home safety a more integral component of successful aging and preventive health by increasing activities and awareness among consumers, professionals, organizations and the wider community. The project’s home safety focus areas include:

  • Fall prevention (e.g., elimination of hazards such as throw rugs, clutter in pathways),
  • Home modification (e.g., environmental adaptations such as grab bars, better lighting),
  • Fire protection measures (e.g., smoke alarms and escape plans), and
  • Healthy home strategies (e.g., carbon monoxide detectors, clean furnace and air filters).

This effort produced “Home Safety in Your Community: A Toolkit for Change” to raise professional and organizational awareness of home safety and increase the implementation of home safety strategies by agencies, organizations and professionals.

You can download the Home SAFE information in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish for individuals or agencies and organizations.

Other Programs at the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

In addition to projects such as Home SAFE, the Center also provides videos, articles and links on three major fall prevention areas: balance & mobility, environmental management, and medical management for three audiences: service providers, individuals & families, researchers & educators.

If you are looking for Exercise Programs for Older Adults, the Center has booklets and DVD options that you can purchase:

  • A set of three illustrated exercise booklets for older adults to use at home. Each booklet includes ten exercises, in large print, that demonstrate how individuals can remain balanced, flexible and able-bodied to prevent falls.
  • A progressive set of exercises excerpted from the national award-winning FallProof™ Balance and Mobility Training Program created by Debra Rose, PhD, at the Center For Successful Aging, California State University, Fullerton. The program consists of three levels of exercises for older adults.

The Center offers its Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program – an online series of five online courses for professionals who wish to learn more about fall prevention. Students have access to the latest on home modification research, products, funding strategies, policies, and community planning. Students include remodelers/contractors, planners, personnel of organizations representing the elderly and people with disabilities, occupational and physical therapists, policymakers, and others interested in starting their own home modification business. The courses connect professionals from around the country who learn from each other as well as experts in the field.

I completed the series of courses and received my certificate in 2011 and found the experience to be enlightening and informative. The next series begins in January 2017.


We applaud and appreciate the efforts of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and its participating universities and public agencies. We would love to see more initiatives like this across the US and beyond.

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.