Home Safety

The National Institute on Aging reports that six out of every 10 falls happen at home. Making changes to the home – where more than half of all falls happen — can help minimize the fall risk. Due to poor lighting, cluttered walkways, dangerous stairways, and slippery floors, an elderly adult may be at risk of falling in the places they spend the most time. It is highly recommended that homes for seniors be made fall-proof — Visit the following resources below to learn more:

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence – National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications

An initiative of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology to ensure the independence, safety, and well-being of older persons through fall prevention. Find resources for individuals, families, service providers, researchers and educators at stopfalls.org

Home Improvements Prevent Falls

Many State and local governments have education and/or home modification programs to help older people prevent falls. Check with your local health department, or local Area Agency on Aging to see if there is a program near you.

Benefits: Promote independence, enhance quality of life, support aging-in-place & aging-in-community, identify health & safety issues in and around home, provide needed improvements, prevent premature institutionalization, and reduces likelihood of falls.