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:
- NIH National Institute on Aging Fall-Proofing Your Home – Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. There are many changes you can make to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety.
- CDC STEADI Check for Safety Brochure – A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
- CDC My Mobility Plan – A mobility planning tool to help you stay independent, safe at home, mobile in your community.
- Exploring Practice in Home Safety for Fall Prevention : Creative Practices in Home Safety Assessment and Home Modification Study
- AARP HomeFit Guide – A 36-page, full-illustrated guide that features smart ways to make a home comfortable, safe, and a great fit for older adults – and people of all ages.
- Lowe’s Livable Home – Lowe’s can help you customize your home to fit your accessibility needs with various solutions, so you can live day to day in comfort and with peace of mind.
- Rebuilding Together – An organization that aspires to build safe homes and communities for everyone by repairing homes and building up communities.
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
- Check out their Home Modification Information Network page, including the North Carolina specific page.
- Home Assessment Tools for Consumers
- Home Assessment Tools for Professionals
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.