Safe Home for Seniors Program
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury and mortality for seniors. A simple trip or fall can lead to a head injury or broken leg, hip or arm. And because many seniors live alone with few visitors, they can lay on the floor for hours or days at a time, turning a minor injury into something far more serious or even fatal.
The Safe Home for Seniors Program makes it less likely seniors will take a fall by taking preventive steps to reduce accidents and increase independence.
Services Provided at No Cost to economically disadvantaged seniors:
· Fixing or replacing leaky and corroded faucets and pipes
· Replacement of doors that are no longer safe
· Replacement or re-glazing of broken windows
· Cleaning out and organizing storage spaces to make them easier to use
· Replacement of rotted or moldy kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities
· Deck & porch repair
· Installing night lights
· Providing bedside lamps with touch on/off operation
· Taping down rugs to prevent buckling and tripping
· Providing non-slip mats for bath and kitchen
· Clearing clutter and moving phone and electronics cords out of pathway areas
· Installing safety lights, locks, railings, grab bars and smoke detectors
· Repair of steps, doors and floors
· Basic weatherization
· Provide medication assessment, review and resolution to seniors at risk of falls due to medication concerns.
o Polypharmacy is the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient, most common in the elderly. Over 76% of seniors take two or more prescriptions on a regular basis. Polypharmacy been suggested to increase the risk for fall in several ways; increased risk for inappropriate medications (i.e. fall risk inducing drugs), increased risk of side-effects and interactions between medications, and also that compliance to prescription might decrease with increased number of prescribed medications.