An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. -Benjamin Franklin
This very well known saying is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote and sums up the reason for an annual senior home safety evaluation. In other words, a little precaution before a crisis occurs is preferable to a lot of fixing up afterwards.
Experts agree there is concerted need for fall-prevention efforts. This may include an individual fall-risk assessment, home safety evaluation and participation in a fall-prevention exercise program, such as balance and strengthening.
Fact is: 100% of ER doctors agree an annual Home Safety check is VERY important in keeping seniors safe at home.
Thankfully, many trips and falls are preventable with a little forethought and planning. Research has shown that there are many risk factors that make a fall more likely for seniors, such as side effects from medication, poor eyesight, trip hazards, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Better than a third of all falls happen in the home as a result of trip hazards such as items left on the floor and poor lighting. Make sure to keep an eye out for anything that may impede your progress, and ask a family member or senior home safety advisor to help identify potentially dangerous issues around your home.
With a bit of education about home safety and some simple modifications to their homes, injuries can be largely prevented. A senior home safety advisor provides a valuable resource to seniors and peace of mind to their family members. The goal of the Age Safe America program is to enhance the ability of older Americans to safely enjoy the comfort, freedom and independence of their own homes. Be well.