Very educational experience. Learned a lot about child-proofing a home. Job was done in a timely manner and it looks great.
Senior Safety Solutions
They say that 1 in 3 seniors will have a serious fall at some point in their life. Considering people spend more time in their home than anywhere else, the likelihood of that fall taking place in their home is considerable. It is easy to see why. As adults mature and live in the same home for years, they become extremely comfortable within their home environment. However, as you age you become less mobile, balance issues, chronic health problems, and vision impairment can influence stability. Therefore, small safety changes, adjustments to your current surroundings, and mental awareness in and around the home can be a major determinant in reducing falls. First, be truthful with yourself and answer the following questions:
- Have you slipped or fallen in the last two years?
- Are you currently taking multiple prescribed medications?
- Is your vision impaired in any way, especially at night?
- Do you feel that you should no longer be driving?
- Do you have difficulty walking normally without pain or stiffness?
- Are their physical obstructions in your home that make it difficult to move around, like stairs, low furniture or clutter?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you pose some risk.The good news is that 30-40% of these falls and injuries are preventable. An important step to fall prevention is a home safety assessment, as it will help:
- To increase the awareness of home safety with educational information.
- To create a safe home environment by identifying potential risk factors.
- To enable participants to continue living independently and maintain their quality of life, with recommendations of possible home modification.
- An evaluation of your home will be conducted for fall safety concerns, i.e. loose area rugs, low furniture or obstacles in your pathways.
- Can you see where you are going, especially in the middle of the night? Is the light bright enough? Lighting is always a concern, as you must be able to see properly to prevent a fall.
- Stairway railings may be needed to assist going up or down stairs
- Grab bars, shower seats, and toilet rails to make your bathroom safer may be recommended.
- What about special needs? Is there sufficient room for a wheelchair or walker? Do you have an electric scooter and not have any way for it to enter your home?
If you believe you are at risk, call us at (281) 438-4670. Our safety evaluator will schedule an appointment and discuss how to improve the safety of your home environment.