ALAMEDA SENIOR SAFETY PROGRAM
FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK: September 22-28, 2013
Did you know that falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries and/or death for people over the age of 65?
It is estimated that one-third of adults over the age of 60 and one-half of adults over the age of 80 fall each year. Falling and the fear of falling, can lead to depression, isolation, diminished mobility, and loss of functional independence.
The good news is that falls are preventable. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. Alamedans are fortunate to have a FREE resource in their neighborhood.
Alameda Fire Department’s Senior Safety and Accessibility Program is a program designed to keep seniors and disabled residents safe from falls and fire in their own homes. With a quick phone call to 510-337-2133 you can schedule a Home Safety Assessment. Ruth Ann Crawford with the Fire Department will visit with you and conduct a Home Safety Assessment. Ms. Crawford will evaluate such things as:
- Is the pathway to your house level and free from hazards?
- Are the stairs stable and have a sturdy handrail?
- Are porch lights working?
- Is the floor free from clutter that could be a trip hazard?
- Is the phone readily accessible near a favorite seating area?
- Do floor mats have a non-skid backing?
- Is lighting adequate with easy to reach switches?
- Is there a grab-bar in the shower/tub area for stability?
- Are smoke detectors located in all bedrooms?
- Are carbon monoxide detectors installed on each floor of house?
- Are flashlights handy and charged?
- Are all heaters away from flammable materials?
- Are all assisted walking devices (walker, cane, etc.) readily accessible and in good condition?
The Safety and Accessibility Program is funded with generous donations from the Alameda Community Fund, Home Depot, Federal Housing & Urban Development grants, and the City’s General Fund. Income restrictions apply. To find out if you qualify for the program, call Ms. Crawford at 510-337-2133