Let's begin by recognizing unsafe conditions exist in and around everyone's home. Most of us do not recognize these conditions as we "learn" to live with them until the hazard takes advantage of a moment that we did not compensate for.
The 240-point home safety assessment covers every room (excludes attics, crawl spaces and any uninhabitable areas) in your home and the immediate area around your home (driveway, sidewalks, garden/grassy areas where one would normally walk)
The safety assessment highlights unsafe conditions and makes recommendations on how to resolve them. Then, it's time to create a plan to eliminate the hazards.
It all starts when you schedule the 240-point home safety assessment.
The 240-point home safety assessment is not a "building code inspection". Building code inspections are usually performed when you "buy" or "sell" a home by a building code inspector.
As a Senior Home Safety Specialist™, I am trained to recognized hazards related to falls, insufficient lighting, potential fire and electrical safety issues, and mobility hazards in and around your home.
Hazards may exist in every room and probably exist in multiple rooms inside and outside of the home.
That's why there are many (actually more than 240-points) items to review and make note of.
Don't be caught with the "it won't happen to me".
Most of my clients live in the "low country" or "coastal regions" of South Carolina and Georgia. Many moved here for the "lifestyle". Our homes are in a wonderful location. Let's enjoy the "lifestyle" by ensuring that our families are living in as safe a home as possible.
One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion.
Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
Source - National Council on Aging.