Benefits of a Home Safety Assessment

A home safety assessment benefits adults and seniors with difficulties in the home due to gait and balance deficits, visual impairment, and chronic, acute, or progressive medical conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s, and dementia. An assessment performed by an occupational therapist for these individuals can help:

  • Decrease health decline

  • Reduce falls in the home

  • Increase participation in activities of daily living

  • Increase quality of life

  • Reduce hospital re-admissions

Medicare recipients are eligible for a home safety assessment if there is a medical necessity. Seniors who have sustained an injury due to a recent fall, had more than one fall within the past year, had a recent hospitalization, or have an acute injury or illness that impacts their safety and/or accessibility in the home could benefit from a home safety assessment. Enabled Living is a certified Medicare provider, so contact us to schedule a home safety assessment for yourself or a loved one.

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1 in 4 Americans age 65 and over fall every year.

Falling is not a normal part of aging, and there are many things that can be done to reduce a person's risk of falling at home. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 44% of falls occur in the home. Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults and they can have a significant impact on a person's independence and quality of life. Seniors who are at risk of falling may avoid certain areas of their home or choose not to perform meaningful activities due to a fear of falling.

 Take our brief survey below, and if you answer yes to one of the questions about yourself or a loved one, then their may be an increased risk of falling. Enabled Living specializes in home safety and accessibility solutions that promote independence and provide peace of mind. Learn about some low-cost modifications that can be done to make a home safer below.

Fall Risk Survey

Have you or a loved one fallen in the past year?

Do you or a loved one feel unsteady when standing or walking?

Are you worried about yourself or a loved one falling?

Home Modifications

Here are some simple, yet cost effective modifications and adaptations that can be implemented in the home to help reduce the risk of falling.

Remove throw rugs and install anti-slip mats in kitchens and bathrooms

Install grab bars in bathrooms for support in the tub/shower

Install handrails on both sides of steps for increased support

Install adequate lighting by stairways, hallways, and entries

Secure or remove carpet on stairs, and increase contrast on stair steps