According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 of every 3 persons in the U.S. age 65 years and older falls each year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injuries, hospital admissions for trauma and deaths due to injury. Many of these falls and resulting injuries can be prevented through strategies that include home modification. In addition, many individuals would be able to remain in their own homes, even with decreased ability, through the use of environmental modification and technology. Planning ahead on home design and remodeling can allow more independence in the future.
What can you do?
- Gather information on options and resources for increasing the accessibility of your home, now and in the future
- Seek out resources that maintain and increase independence, mobility and ability
- Contact the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership for information on home Modification and Assistive Technology options at 888-806-6287 or http://www.atp.ne.gov/
- For more information on case management and rehabilitation technology resources for farm and ranch families affected by mental and physical disabilities, visit Nebraska AgrAbility at http://agrability.unl.edu or www.agrabilityproject.org
- For information on home remodeling options in your community, visit the Nebraska Housing Developers Association at http://www.housingdevelopers.org
- The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification has a national Directory of home modification resources. Visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhm/directory/
- The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence offers information on how to prevent falls among older adults. Visit http://www.stopfalls.org
Begin planning today for your future long-term care needs by ordering your FREE Own Your Future Tool Kit created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visit http://longtermcare.acl.gov/ or call 1-866-PLAN-LTC.