Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions and 40% of all nursing home admissions for seniors. A staggering 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living and sadly, 25% die within a year. These are very sobering facts that can absolutely be avoided.
Most of us approach our senior years with hopes of staying mentally and physically active and “defying” the aging process. In our 20 years of housing work, we have come to learn, that there are simple but important ways to “fall-proof” a home… and a right time to do it. Simply put, making modifications before a fall happens means better outcomes both physically and financially. The reality is that just a few safety additions to a home can dramatically reduce the likelihood of a fall for a loved one. Now is the time to act.
As a community service campaign, Creative Renovations is once again spending the month of March to reach out to seniors, their families, and care givers to stress that, as we age, it is important that we make adjustments to our homes, at the right time, to support our desire for maximum independence. Extra grab bars, railings, or zero threshold-roll in showers are just a few of the simple adjustments that can be thoughtfully deployed in a home to support our desire to age in place. We encourage you not to think of adding safety features to your home as a “surrender” to the aging process, but rather, as a positive means to support your desire to live in your home for as long as possible.
Look for our Home Safety Month accessibility tips every week throughout March in This Week or visit our web site at www.accessibilityrenovations.org to learn more about our accessibility team and how we can support you in your home.