Home Safety Assessment
According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the most common cause of fatal injury and the leading cause of hospitalization for elder adults. An older adult dies every 19 minutes from a fall. Research also reveals that many older adults have a significant fear of falling, which leads to social isolation, decreased activity, and feelings of helplessness.
Pisgah Therapy offers a comprehensive home safety assessment that aligns the client's physical and cognitive abilities to the their home environment. The primary goal is preventing falls while maximizing safety and functional independence in the home.
Home safety assessments require detailed analysis of the environment, the person, and their daily routines. The process begins outside the home to assess access and proceeds through every area of the home as all areas have existing or potential fall hazards and barriers to independence and aging in place successfully. This includes consideration of steps, furniture layout, doorways, flooring, lighting, bath fixtures, etc. In addition, a person's physical and mental capabilities, habits, and routines must be assessed to fully understand their risk of falling, or their limitations in living more independently. Please refer to my fall prevention guides on the Resources page.
I participate in area organizations as a member or guest speaker providing fall prevention workshops, including the Area Agency on Aging and Silvermont Senior Center Brevard. I also host a local Facebook group, Serving Seniors WNC and am active in a number of other community-based social media groups to provide senior safety education.
Falls Can Be Prevented and independence can be improved for aging adults. Please watch the video for additional information on the Pisgah Therapy home safety assessment process: