Senior Citizen safety in the home
Posted on June 19, 2017
A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a new report on senior citizen safety. It’s called “Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly.” The report finds that about one-third of people age 65 and up fall in their home. The results are “injury, long-term disability and premature institutionalization.” The HUD report is recommending that “government and philanthropic organizations work together at every level to integrate fall prevention strategies and support efforts to aging-in-place, senior safety at home, and continuous care models.
“Active programs that coordinate senior care and implement fall prevention strategies can benefit seniors enormously,” said Jon L. Gant, Director of the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “This report helps policy makers and program managers to identify the causes of problems they may encounter, as well as the resources and methods they can use to overcome them.”
The report contains a toolkit that covers four key areas of senior citizen safety. We are listing them below verbatim:
- Why senior falls prevention and coordinated care is an important issue for the nation and what some communities are doing to meet the needs of seniors;
- What partners and stakeholders should be engaged, what each can offer to this effort, and why a holistic approach may provide the best potential;
- What financial resources, from all levels of government to health insurers and philanthropies, may be available to help create and sustain effective policies and programs; and
- How to sustain policies and programs over the long-term.
“Most people want to stay in our homes and communities as we age,” said Noreen Beatley of Healthy Housing Solutions, the report’s author. “Strong fall prevention programs help achieve that goal while lowering healthcare costs and helping improving seniors’ quality of life.”
We told you earlier how this month is National Healthy Homes Month. HUD released this report as part of that initiative. To learn more about reducing senior falls and injury prevention, check out HUD’s App, “Healthy Homes Basics” and visit the website: www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.Please follow us!