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Providing Independent Living Support: Home Safety. Trainer:_______ Date: _______. LEARNING OBJECTIVES. By the end of the session, participants will: Further their awareness of the common household hazards to which elderly people are most vulnerable.

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learning objectives
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Further their awareness of the common household hazards to which elderly people are most vulnerable.
  • Learn tips for helping clients reduce risks at home and be better prepared for disasters.
startling statistics
STARTLING STATISTICS
  • In 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls; about 1.8 million were treated in emergency rooms.(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008)
  • 95% of falls experienced by older adults happen in and around the home, most in the bedroom or bathroom. (American Journal of Public Health, 1992)
spot the hazards
SPOT THE HAZARDS!

This home needs your help!

With your partner, take three minutes and jot down all the potential hazards you see in the picture on the handout.

primary safety risks
PRIMARY SAFETY RISKS
  • Falling
  • Residential Fires
  • Other Household Hazards
  • Poor Security
variables
VARIABLES
  • Health
  • History
  • Behavior and habits
  • Financial resources (ability to maintain home)
exercise problem solving
EXERCISE: PROBLEM SOLVING
  • Individually, read about your assigned client. Imagine his/her living situation and state of mind.
  • In your group, discuss and answer the questions on page 2.
    • What are the client’s issues/risks?
    • What would you look for in the client’s home?
    • What precautions would you suggest? How would you assist?
how to broach the subject
HOW TO BROACH THE SUBJECT
  • Take it slowly.
  • Offer information in a non-judgmental way.
  • Recount stories of other seniors.
  • Share with clients what you have learned at trainings
  • Offer to contact services that can help.

For support, contact client’s family and your supervisor.

disaster preparation considerations for seniors
DISASTER PREPARATION: CONSIDERATIONS FOR SENIORS
  • Availability of family in the area
  • Reaction time, ability to see or hear, ability to drive
  • Mobility impairments
  • Mental impairments
  • Health conditions that require attention
  • Language differences
  • Limited financial resources
create a plan staying in touch
CREATE A PLAN: STAYING “IN TOUCH”
  • Think about a client or another elderly person in your life. How would you help them plan for an emergency?
  • Complete I, N, and T of the form to the best of your ability.
    • Identify potential emergency situations.
    • Note community resources.
    • Talk about individual circumstances.
  • If you like, share with a partner.
last but not least
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

“Safety doesn't happen by accident.”

~unknown