INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Ask seniors where they feel safest and most will say their own home. However, according to a State of Home Safety in America report, unintentional injuries in the home result on average in nearly 21 million medical visits each year. June is Home Safety Month and Preferred Care at Home, a non-medical home care franchise, is offering complimentary home safety inspections to educate and empower both seniors and their families to take actions to better enjoy the comfort and security of their home.
“We hope to bring attention to the serious problem of preventable home injuries and its leading causes: slips and falls,” says Carole McGary, owner of Preferred Care at Home. “Just a few simple steps can reduce the risks in most homes and may even make a lifesaving difference.”
Preferred Care at Home encourages the senior community to consider their home’s danger areas and take some simple steps to minimize their risk from potential injuries, or even death.
Throughout the month of June, local Preferred Care at Home offices across the nation will personally walk homeowners through a home safety checklist to safeguard against injury, with a focus on preventing falls. Briefly, to make your home safe:
· Put grab bars in the tub and next to the toilet.
· Use bright lights in corners, halls, and stairways.
· Clear pathways of clutter and electrical cords.
· Put handrails on both sides of stairs and steps.
Call Preferred Care at Home at (866) 338-8020 for your complimentary home safety inspection checklist, and additional tips from senior health experts. To schedule an interview, call Carole McGary or Val Johnson at 772-778-9494 or email CaroleM@preferhomecare.com.