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May 11, 2012 > Home Safe Home

Home Safe Home

Submitted By Mary Anderson

I like keeping my home organized - a place for everything and everything in its place, I always say. As a senior, I know if I keep clutter to a minimum and all the footpaths clear, I'm giving myself a safer home environment. But keeping things organized is only one aspect of safety. There are other ways I can improve my safety and keep living independently.

For example, I signed up for LIFE ElderCare's free fall prevention program. A certified exercise technician met with me and created a customized exercise routine that my doctor approved. Then once a week for 12 weeks a student nurse came to my home and taught me the simple exercises. I was so happy when I found that doing these just a few times each week was improving with every passing week.

But there is more to fall prevention than exercise. The student nurse also conducted a free Home Safety assessment and recommended several ideas for improved lighting, safer floor coverings and posting important phone numbers by my phone. And one other thing - my shower didn't have grab bars. LIFE ElderCare had these installed by a professional - at no cost to me. Now I have better balance, my home has better lighting, the throw rugs have been removed and I feel so much safer with the grab bars in my shower.

If you're a senior in the Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark and Union City and are interested in improving your balance and preventing falls, call Sandy at LIFE ElderCare 574-2087 to enroll in the free Fall Prevention program.

P.S. LIFE ElderCare's 12-week, in-home exercise program is offered at no cost to home-bound seniors age 60 and older. In addition, you'll receive a free home safety assessment, minor home modifications and a comprehensive medication review. These combined measures may help decrease your possibility of a bad fall. If you are concerned about falling, doing fall prevention exercises can make all the difference! Give us a call (510) 574-2087

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