Home Safety

Home Safety

There exist many risks for injury to people with functional limitations in the common household, therefore impeding upon their capability to successfully age in place. Among the greatest threats is falling. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injurious death especially among older adults. Therefore, engagement in fall prevention is crucial to one’s ability to age in place. Common features in an everyday household, such as a lack of support in the shower or bathroom, inadequate railings on the stairs, loose throw rugs, and obstructed pathways are all possible dangers to an older person. However, simple and low-cost modifications to an older person’s home can greatly decrease the risk of falling, as well as decreasing the risk of other forms of injury. Consequently, this increases the likelihood that one can successfully age in place.

Some examples of home modifications include: increased lighting, contrasting colors, accessible switches at both ends of the stairs, additional railings, grab bars, nonskid flooring, a hand-held, flexible shower head, and the removal of throw rugs and clutter. In most cases, home modifications can be simple and cost-effective, while simultaneously offering substantial benefits to the individual. Other modifications to the home – especially those that require retrofitting – are a little more costly due to increased complexity of installation. These can include: ramps for accessible entry and exit, walk-in shower, sliding shelves, stairlifts, or even home elevators. Many homes are built or retrofitted with the Universal Design model in mind, which makes everything in the home accessible to all people with or without functional limitations.

At Home Care™ offers referrals for Aging-In-Place modifications by Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS®) that are designated by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB®), as well as referrals for Universal Design concepts consistent with the Inclusive Design Guidelines set forth by the American Institute of Architects. We also provide referrals for qualified suppliers and installers of Home Safety Systems, Proximity Alarms, Life-Safety Systems, Safety Products, Mobility Equipment and Dispensers.

We put good people to work, taking care of good people.™.