SteadyFeet? is a partnership program between Vancouver Coastal Health, Community and Seniors Centres, and older adults who want to take an active role in their health and prevent falls. Recommended by doctors and physiotherapists, SteadyFeet? balance and mobility program for older adults will help:
improve functional mobility
increase lower body strength
reduce fall risk
Registered SteadyFeet? Instructors teach techniques to have you feeling stronger and more confident about walking and participating in your favourite activities.
Small class sizes to ensure your safety
Registered SteadyFeet? Instructors are specially trained in balance and mobility exercises for seniors
Safe for participants with osteoporosis and other health conditions
You can use your mobility aid (walker/cane) in class
A family member or care aid is welcome to accompany you to class to translate or to help you with the exercises
Contact a location directly for: start dates, program fees, assessment day appointments and registration information.
Gibsons & Area Community Centre ? Register online or call (604) 885-6868
Sechelt Aquatic Centre ? Register online or call (604) 885-6868
Pender Harbour Health Centre ? (604) 885-6866
Powell River Community Centre ? (604) 485-2891
Dunbar Community Centre ? (604) 222-6060
Douglas Park Community Centre ? (604) 257-8130
Trout Lake Community Centre ? (604) 257-6965
Hillcrest Community Centre ? (604) 257-8680
Champlain Heights Community Centre ? (604) 718-6575
If you are registered in Adult Day Programs at these locations, you can also can participate: A.S.K. Friendship Centre, Beulah Gardens Adult Day Centre, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, Chown Adult Day Centre, Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood House, South Vancouver Adult Day Centre, and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. & Chieng's Adult Day Centre.
A referral is not required.
Most participants range in age from 65-95 years old, but there are no specific age requirements to participate. Classes are designed to be safe for individuals who:
are struggling with balance
have a history of falls
are afraid of falling
have had a joint replacement
are not steady enough for a cardiac rehab program
are managing a variety of health conditions
need to improve their strength, mobility and balance to maintain their independence
be able to walk independently, with or without a mobility aid
be able to follow direction with or without the help of a caregiver (and/or translator)
be able to tolerate light to moderate physical activity
participate in a 20 minute assessment session to help your instructor plan activities which will be most helpful for you
commit to 2 sessions per week for 8-10 weeks
have transportation to and from class
Safety Superheroes Program (intergenerational fall prevention resources)
VCH OASIS Program Website (osteoarthritis information)
Finding Balance BC (provincial collection of fall prevention resources)
Aging is a Contact Sport (information about hip protectors)
Once you've decided to sign up for SteadyFeet? classes, you will attend a 20 minute assessment session at the location where you have registered. You'll do a few activities that will help determine which activities will be most beneficial for you.
After you've finished the SteadyFeet program, you'll be assessed again so we can see how much your balance, mobility and confidence have improved.
Two classes per week, usually for 8-10 weeks. This varies between locations.
You should dress comfortably and wear sensible shoes (no high heels).
HandyDART can provide transportation by booking a "subscription trip". In the Metro Vancouver area, call (604) 575-6600 for more information.
We are always looking for additional community locations within the VCH regions to host SteadyFeet? Balance & Mobility Classes at their site. If you're interested in becoming a community partner and hosting SteadyFeet? classes in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Locations must meet the following criteria:
Easily accessible for participants using mobility aids (walkers, canes)
Room large enough that participants can complete their activities without touching/bumping into each other
Access to sturdy chairs (if possible, some with arms and some without)
Well-lit room with the ability to close blinds if there is too much glare and/or heat
Contact us for community partner resources for program administration (manuals, forms, and templates), program promotional materials (posters and brochures) and supplies and equipment information.
Hiring instructors for SteadyFeet? classes is at the discretion of community partners. For help finding a qualified instructor, email to ask us for a list of registered SteadyFeet? instructors.
Volunteering in a SteadyFeet? class is a great way to get involved in your community. If you would like to be part of this great program as a SteadyFeet? Trained volunteer, please email email@example.com for more information.
You can confidently refer patients to a SteadyFeet? class knowing that they will be in an exercise class designed to keep them safe.
Community partner locations are chosen for their accessibility, instructors are specially trained and have experience delivering exercise programs to older adults, and the program is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of Fall and Injury Prevention specialists at Vancouver Coastal Health.
The principles of the SteadyFeet? program help ensure that:
class sizes are small
class content is consistent across locations and instructors
the content is evidence based, and designed to maximize effectiveness
the program is delivered on a cost recovery basis, and kept as affordable as possible
Referring a client or patient to the SteadyFeet? program is quick and easy.
Suggest that they might like to participate, and give them some information about the program and why it might benefit them. Print brochures and posters can be ordered from the Fall & Injury Prevention program. A digital brochure and posters can be downloaded below, and printed or emailed to clients and/or families.
View the list of locations and choose one your client can get to. Provide your client with the location's phone number so they can call to register themselves and get more information directly. Registration takes place separately at each community location.
Any forms required to participate in SteadyFeet classes will be provided to the client by the location when the client registers for classes.