The Importance of Home Safety Checks

The Importance of Home Safety Checks

It is a fact that falls are the number one injury by the elderly. Hip fracture is the most common problem associated with falling and the costs for the US are somewhere between $75 and $100 billion of direct and indirect related expenditures. In order to prevent these kinds of ills, it is imperative that home checks are conducted routinely for the elderly. While modern conveniences have allowed us to prevent some unforeseeable challenges associated with home care (smoke detectors, fall detectors, etc.), there are still some things that cannot be ignored. In fact, the items listed below are timeless. Maxine M. Urton, PhD (1974) has recommended five factors that need to be reviewed in the upkeep of the home on a regular basis:

  1. Bathroom: slippery floor and bathtub, lack of grab bars, and low toilet seats
  2. Bedroom: high bed, inadequate lighting, sliding carpets, slippery floor, and non-locking bed wheels
  3. Stairs: lack of handrails, poor lighting, high steps, and worn stair treads
  4. Dining room: slippery floors, incorrect chair height, lack of armrests, and inadequate lighting
  5. Kitchen: cabinets too high, use of chairs to climb on, slippery linoleum floors, loose rugs, insufficient lighting, and glare from floors

Many reviews have suggested that there are practical inventions that may assist the elderly in preventing falls; however, much of the research has shown that assessing risks in the home is the most practical way to go about limiting collapses.

Thankfully, Coastal Caretakers has designed its program around this important reality. Understanding that seniors are in a precarious time period in multiple ways, Coastal Caretakers carries out weekly home inspections by the most qualified individuals. Those receiving the services can rest assured that professionals have reviewed and made the modifications necessary to improve their quality of living while at home.

References

Maxine M. Urton. (1991). A Community Home Inspection Approach to Preventing Falls among the Elderly. Public Health Reports (1974-), 106(2), 192–195. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.proxy-remote.galib.uga.edu/stable/4596860

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