Take a look at your close family. How many men and women are over the age of 64? Your aunts and uncles? Your mom and dad? Now stop and consider the CDC report that more than 25 percent of the senior population falls each year. Someone close to you might fall in the next 12 months.
Of the seniors who do fall each year, approximately 2.8 million ended up in the emergency room. More than 800,000 were hospitalized with serious bone fractures or head injuries. More than a third of those hospitalizations involve hip fractures.
You don’t want your mom or dad to become a statistic. Safe at Home is a program designed to help family caregivers eliminate some of the common hazards found around the home. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Safe at Home?
Safe at Home is a program that’s gaining interest around the nation. Not every state has the program yet. Others call it a different name. The gist is the same. Program volunteers go to an eligible senior’s home and complete a safety inspection to find issues that increase the risk of a fall.
Once the safety inspection is complete, recommendations are made on what needs to be adapted. Often this means installing grab bars in the bathroom, getting a shower seat, or purchasing a stair lift. Simpler recommendations like removing rugs and putting in brighter lighting may also make your mom or dad’s home safer. Some programs add a medication review to check for side effects that might increase the risk of falling.
How Much Does it Cost?
Typically, these home inspections are done by volunteers, so there’s no initial cost. If home improvements are necessary, you may need to purchase the tools and hire an installer or see if the program has volunteers who handle installations.
How Do You Learn More?
Contact your mom or dad’s local Agency on Aging to see if they have a Safe at Home program. They can answer your questions about the program and discuss any home improvement grants offered in your parent’s state or town.
Another way to get a safety inspection is by calling a home care agency. Most offer safety assessments when you look into hiring caregivers for your parents. Caregivers help with transfers in and out of bed or a shower. Caregivers also make sure your parent has someone to walk with or help them around the house. Call now to learn more.
Are you or a loved one considering caregiver in Cammack Village, AR? First Choice Senior Care can help. Serving all of Little Rock and Central Arkansas.
Please call and talk to our caring staff today. (501) 916-9307
Kayla believes in advocating for and educating seniors and their families on a variety of topics and issues that impact them.Reflecting on the need for an independent home care provider interested in quality over quantity, she chased her dream of building her own company that would make a significant difference in the lives of seniors, providing a much-needed service in her own local community.
Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University, is licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Long-Term Care Administrator, and is a Certified Senior Adviser.