In an effort to help older adults stay safe and stay independent in their home, the Delaware General Health District’s (DGHD) falls prevention program offers home safety checks.
A home safety check is a free service where a DGHD health educator and a registered public health nurse tour an older resident’s home to assess any safety concerns. The appointments generally last an hour and include a health screening with the registered nurse.
In some cases, the assessment may find than an older adult is in need of grab bars in the bathroom, ramps to the door or simply a furniture rearrangement. The Health District works closely with the Council for Older Adults to provide home modifications on a sliding fee scale based on income and need.
Upon completion of the safety checks, clients will receive a safety tool kit that includes items that can help make a home become fall proof. Items include a nightlight, flashlight and an aluminum assist reacher.
For more information or to schedule a home safety check, call Mitchell Briant, DGHD Adult Prevention Coordinator, at 740-203-2054.