According to the AARP nearly 90% of older adults want to age-in-place and maintain independence
But here’s the problem: 85% of older adults have done NOTHING to prepare their homes for aging.
Fall Prevention is a Serious Issue as We Age:
> 1 in 3 adults over age 65 falls each year and 50% of those over 80
> Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65
> Falls cause serious injury, such as hip fractures and head trauma
> Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions
> Falls account for 40% of nursing home admissions
>Of those who survive a fall 50% never regain their independence
Falls are Often Predictable and Preventable:
Many of these falls, and the resulting injuries, can be prevented by taking steps to eliminate or fix potential hazards in and around the home. An Age Safe Advisor can perform a Home Safety Assessment and make recommendations to help decrease the risk of falls or injuries in your home. A comprehensive Home Safety Assessment can pay for itself by avoiding the high costs of injury or institutional care. Studies show a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population.
Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Fall Risk:
- Begin a regular exercise program.
- Review your medicines regularly.
- Have your vision checked annually.
- Make your home environment safer.
- Wear sturdy, nonskid shoes at all times.
100% of ER doctors agree that an annual Home Safety Assessment is important to keep seniors safe at home.
Simple, Affordable and Effective Fall Prevention:
The 240-point Age Safe Home Assessment includes the exterior of the home, entry areas, every room including bathrooms, bedrooms, laundry room, garage, basement, kitchen and dining room, lighting evaluation, fire safety and electrical safety. After the safety assessment is completed a summary is prepared with recommendations for safety improvements, fall prevention and suggested modifications which is reviewed with you and a copy is left.
Falls and subsequent injury are a health and financial burden on older persons and their families, as well as a financial burden on the healthcare system. A Home
Safety Assessment along with some low-cost modifications can serve to effectively reduce falls and fall injury in older adults.