Among people 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Each year in the United States, nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall. The majority, 55 percent, of fall injuries among older people occurs inside the home and an additional 23 percent happen outside, but near the house. Many of these falls, and the resulting injuries, can be prevented by taking steps to eliminate or fix potential hazards in and around the home.
In an AARP survey, 8 out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. The workshop will offer comprehensive advice and checklists to help you get your home in top form for comfort, safety and long-term livability. People who attend the workshop also will hear how to make home modifications, as well as how to avoid frauds and scams.
Various parts of a home may need modifications. For the entrances and exits alone, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are exterior pathways, porches and doorways well lit?
- Are the walkways in good condition?
- Are there handrails on both sides of the steps?
- Are there scatter or throw rugs near the doorways that may cause tripping or slipping?
- Does the door have a security peephole or view panel at the correct height?
- Is the door threshold visible or does it contribute to trips or falls?
- Is the door easy to open?
Bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and hallways have their own sets of considerations for homeowners as they prepare to live in their houses for the rest of their lives.
To register for the free HomeFit Workshop click here or call 1-877-926-8300.