Falls happen to everyone. Did you know that Fidel Castro, Nancy Reagan – even Kelsey Grammer of “Frasier” – all had falls. A home safety assessment should be done by a geriatric care manager when doing geriatric assessment.
This assessment should include evaluation of safety features like smoke alarms, wiring etc., and how safe floor plan is .It should cover should the older person’s special needs and disabilities ,such rugs they might trip on because of ambulating problems ,stairs they might fall down ,stairs they cannot climb, upper bedroom they should not sleep in because of these ambulation issues.
The GCM or senior professional should observe the older person performing Activities of daily living like climbing stairs or cooking to see if they can perform ADLS safely.After doing a home safety assessment comes helping the family find way to modify the elders home for safety.
Modifying homes to make them safer and more accessible allows many elderly people to stay in their homes during their later years. This is good news, since the majority of older Americans prefer this stay-at-home home option (often called “aging in place”) to other situations like assisted living.
According to the nonprofit Rebuilding Together, 80% of those aged 50 and older own their own homes, and 92% of them want to age in place. For many seniors, living in their home is not only important to their emotional well-being, it’s often more cost-effective than other housing options. The Fall prevention Center for Excellence at USC offers this link for home safety assessments and a bevy of information for both assessment and home modifications.