Home Safety Program

Did You Know?

In Hawaii:

  • 51% of deaths among elders are caused by falls occurring in the home.
  • 61% of the elders who fall are women.
  • Most falls occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • People who are 85 years or older are ten times more likely to fall than those who are between the ages of 65-69.
  • Falls that happen inside the home commonly occur in the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen areas.

Nationwide:

  • One out of every three people 65 years and older will fall each year. • Elder women who live alone are more likely to fall.
  • 90% of all hip fractures that occur each year are due to falls.
  • Only 25% of hip fracture patients will make a full recovery; 40% will require nursing home care; 50% will need a cane or walker; and 24% of those over age 50 will not live longer than 12 months after the fall had occurred.
  • 60% of all falls occur at home.

The goals of the Home Safety Program are:

  • To increase the awareness of home safety.
  • To create a safe home environment.
  • To enable participants to continue living independently at home.
  • To assist in insuring quality of life for our participants.
  • To improve the wellbeing and enrich the lives of our older adults and their families.
  • To identify any potential injury risk factors in the home.

The Home Safety Program provides:

  • An initial home assessment visit
  • Educational information on Home Safety
  • Recommendations of possible home modifications
  • A follow-up home assessment

Possible suggestions for home modifications might include: nightlights, grab bars, non-slip mats, non-skid strips, shower seat, portable tub rail, commode, raised toilet seat, replace light bulbs, phone or power cord arrangement, etc.

If you would like a free Home Safety Assessment or more information on Home Safety, please contact Mike Hirano at Project Dana (808) 945-3736.

Modified: 05/09/2011