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Each year, one in three Hoosiers age 65 and older falls. For those who are injured in a fall, their quality of life often is never the same. You can help save someone from serious injury by providing minor home modifications to keep them Safe at Home.
Baseball isn’t the only place where one hopes to be Safe at Home. For the past two years, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has partnered with the Indianapolis Indians and Indiana University Health to help area seniors be more secure by providing minor home modifications. These small interventions make it easier for a senior with limited mobility to move about, reducing their risks of falling, and helping them feel Safe At Home.
Here are some stats to consider when we look at ways to keep older adults “Safe At Home”:
- Falls are the reason for 2.1 million emergency room visits by people age 65 and older each year. One in seven women and one in 10 men, age 85 and older, will end up in the emergency room because of a fall.
- An elderly person admitted to the hospital because of a fall is more than twice as likely to go to a nursing home as an older adult admitted to the hospital for some other reason.
- The average cost of treatment in the hospital as a result of a fall is more than $10,000. More than $6.8 billion is spent annually on healthcare related to falls.
Through Safe At Home, volunteers provide a home safety assessment and perform home modifications that help reduce the risk of falling. This might include installing a handrail along a set of stairs, clearing a sidewalk, or installing a single-lever faucet. It might be as complicated as installing a walk-in shower in place of a bathtub, or a simple as removing throw rugs that can pose a tripping hazard.
You can be part of the solution. Your donation can provide the materials needed for a home modification. You can volunteer your time to work on a project. And the next time you are in the home of an elderly friend or family member, you can be on the lookout for safety hazards that might lead to a fall. It’s a team effort. And working together, we can help more people be Safe At Home.
President & CEO
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions