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Safety Guide on Preventing Falls in the Home

The following is a Guide on Preventing Falls in the Home. Practicing safety begins in the home. People with disabilities often face challenges in balance, mobility, hearing, vision, and endurance that can affect their ability to live independently in the home. Keeping your home safe becomes even more important when faced with these challenges. Falls can cause broken bones or have an affect on your health that can lead to losing your ability to live independently. Broken bones, especially for older people who may not heal as quickly, can be the start toward greater immobility which excacerbates other health problems. As there are many people and caregivers who face this safety issue, we are including this guide in the hope it will benefit our readers.

The purpose of this guide is to provide information for people with disabilities ages 18-59, however, it is important for those with disabilities and elderly to assess their home safety as well.

New Horizons Un-limited assumes no responsibility in guaranteeing the services, programs or conditions as described. The information provided to you is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of your doctor or other healthcare professional. This resource is intended to help you make decisions and get the most from the medical services available to you. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions. If you are interested in a resource listed below call or contact the resource to verify the current situation. Evaluate information and make your own decisions when using the guide.

To Begin....

Begin by assessing your situation:

Identify your needs:

What kind of simple changes do you need to make around the home to make areas safe and prevent falls.

Adaptive Products

The following adaptive products may help you in making any of the above changes.

Identify your resources:

Home Modification Resources

Insurance or Financial Assistance:

State and County Home Modification Programs:

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