August 23, 2017

You don’t normally think of your home as somewhere that can be dangerous. But, in fact, more than 18,000 Americans die every year from home injuries, nearly 6,000 of which are a result of falling. Keeping your home safe for you and your family is your number one priority all year long. This August, there is a special week set to bring attention to home safety: National Safe at Home Week.

National Safe At Home Week: Learn How to Prevent a Fall

What is National Safe at Home Week?

National Safe at Home Week takes place August 21-25. Its goal is to raise awareness about the many potential dangers hiding in your home. As a first step to safety, walk through your home with a critical eye to identify any areas of potential risk. For example, ensure that medicines are securely withheld from children. Install handrails near stairways. Keep nightlights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and any other dark areas.

Help prevent a fall with rehabilitation therapy

Even if you have taken efforts to rid your home of any danger-spots, this may not be enough. If you are recovering from an injury, learning to walk with a cane or prosthesis for the first time, or simply have trouble moving around comfortably, you can benefit from the services of a rehabilitation therapist. At Community VNA, our team of rehabilitation therapists can help you or a loved one regain your ability to move and perform daily activities, so that you can feel safe and secure in your home.

Physical therapists:

  • Improve strength and balance
  • Increase ability to move or walk safely
  • Learn to use canes, walker, wheelchairs, or prostheses

Occupational therapists

  • Regain strength and dexterity for daily activities (e.g. bathing, dressing, grooming)
  • Build endurance, balance, and stamina

To further safeguard your home, our rehabilitation therapists can complete a home-safety evaluation to identify any possible points of danger in your home. They can also teach fall-prevention methods so that, in case of an accident, you will feel confident and secure.

Keep your home safe with Lifeline services

After you have evaluated your home for risks of danger (and eradicated them) and sought help from a rehabilitation therapist, there is one more step you can take to make your home safer: take advantage of Lifeline services.

Lifeline services are reliable

Lifeline Medical Alert has been helping families stay safe in their homes since 1974. You can be sure that this device will remain reliable and effective in the case of any emergency in your home. The Lifeline Medical Alert performs monthly self-checks to verify that its equipment is fully functional. If it does detect a problem, the Response Center is immediately notified for corrective action.

Who may need Lifeline services?

When it comes to home safety, you can never be too cautious. If you or a loved one fall into any of the following categories, Lifeline services may be that extra bit of security you’ve been looking for:

  • Lives alone
  • Is a senior citizen
  • Has a disability
  • Is prone to falling
  • Has recently been hospitalized
  • Uses a cane or walker
  • Suffers from a chronic ailment, such as: heart disease, stroke, COPD, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis

How to use it

With Lifeline services, making your home safer (and protecting yourself or a loved one from a potential fall) is just one, easy step. When help is needed, simply press the button. Within seconds, specially trained Lifeline Response Associates will respond to you, assess the situation, and summon the needed help, whether it be a call to a relative or emergency personnel.

Stay Safe at Home!

There are six different Lifeline services available to protect you and your family. Find the service best suited for your needs at Community VNA. Don’t just think about home safety this week in office. Practice good home safety all year round. To help keep your home safe and to prevent yourself or a loved one from falling, enlist the help of a CVNA rehabilitation therapist.