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Falls Prevention

Last week I attended a Home Assessment workshop.  This is part of a county wide Falls Prevention program, which was funded by a grant of over $100,000.  We are just one of such counties in the state, and similar models have been utilized throughout the nation.

Why?  Because 25% of people who visit the emergency room due to a fall are still in a nursing home 1 year later.  There are enormous costs to individuals and to society.  While certain components of a home, such as throw rugs and clutter, can easily be eliminated, more significant features such as bathtubs, showers with curbs, steps inside and outside, lighting, require more thought and effort.  These components can be modified with the help of a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), trained in such work.

Terrific resources include:

NAHB Research Center’s Aging in Place Design Checklist

The Falls Prevention Centers of Excellence

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Falls-Older Adults site

The National Center on Aging (NCOA) Fall Prevention site