Safety In Place

We could state the obvious. Our passion about the health and welfare of senior citizens in their homes is because we love and want to protect the seniors that we know personally. And we could tell you that we have fallen in our homes and suffered injuries and that these experiences want us to reduce the risk that others will have to suffer the same pain and inconveniences, including hospitalization and physical therapy.

But the fact of the matter is that injury by falling has become one of the greatest health and economic risk for seniors in our country today. It causes more harm to more senior citizens than any other accidental cause of injury. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, including 250,000 for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually

People are astonished to learn that one out of every three seniors fall each year. Why is so little attention paid to the seriousness of falling? We believe that there are several reasons

  1. People do not want to admit that they are aging and becoming at greater risk of falling
  2. People tend to ignore prevention advice
  3. Media does not find falling to be as glorious of a topic as other social or health issues
  4. We tend to ignore aging issues as they signify our inevitable mortality

Falling and fall prevention are not sexy subjects!

Yet, over 90% of senior citizens want to remain living in their current home. Injury due to falling will result in many seniors having to move out of their homes to assist living facilities.

Our aim is to shed light on this topic and help people learn about ways to help themselves or loved ones reduce the risks of falling in their homes. Simple modification activities can reduce the risk of falling by 25%.

As building contractors, educators and communication specialists, we want to help you reduce hazards associated with falling and help you create a safe and livable home environment for years to come. I am a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. I have an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California.