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Home Safety Services Partners with Agencies on Project Homes Image: Home Safety Services Partners with Agencies on Project Homes

In support of National Fall Prevention Day (September 22) - the first day of the fall season), Home Safety Services is partnering with two local agencies to make safety modifications for two local residents.

This will be the tenth anniversary of National Fall Prevention Day whose objective is to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

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Martin Simenc Addresses Tech-Enabled Innovations in Care Transitions Conference Image: Martin Simenc Addresses Tech-Enabled Innovations in Care Transitions Conference

A wide variety of health care executives gathered in San Francisco hear of innovations to improve care transitions (e.g. acute to post acute to residential care). Presenters included Gray Miller, Cofounder and CEO of Titanium Healthcare; Ryan Iwamoto, Co-Founder of 24Hr HomeCare; Jiang Li, CEO of VivaLnk, Inc.; Kian Saneii, Founder and CEO of Independa, Inc.; and Martin Simenc, President of Home Safety Service.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Endorses Medicare Expansion to Cover Home Modifications Image:  Bipartisan Policy Center Endorses Medicare Expansion to Cover Home Modifications

A report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center analyzed alternatives for reducing medicare costs for it's high-need, high-risk patients, specifically those "who are not dual eligible for full Medicaid benefits, reside in the community setting, have three or more chronic conditions, and have functional or cognitive impairment." For these roughly 3.65 million beneficiaries, the report concludes that providing additional services such as meal delivery, home modifications, case management and transportation would reduce total medicare costs. Home modifications is singled out as the additional covered service that would provide the highest return on investment (ROI). 

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The Senior Accessible Housing Act (HR1780) is Reintroduced Image: The Senior Accessible Housing Act (HR1780) is Reintroduced

HR1780 is a milestone for home modifications.  The act, now introduced for the second time, would allow for a $30,000 tax credit to seniors who invest in qualifying safety and accessibility related modifications to their homes.  The hope is that by giving a tax incentive, more Americans will take the initiative to make their homes livable and accessible for the rest of their lives.

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Sit to Stand Challenge: Home Safety Services Meets it with Educational Video

The Santa Clara County Fall Prevention Task Force issued a "Sit to Stand Challenge" in support of National Fall Prevention Awareness Week.  The challenge required participants to video tape themselves standing up from the seated position as many times as possible in a thirty second period.  Home Safety Services President, Martin Simenc and his son took the challenge and the opportunity to create an educational piece that demonstrates ten of the most effective sit to stand assistive devices.  Hope you enjoy it as so many others have.

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"Don't Fall" by Martin Simenc Image: "Don't Fall" by Martin Simenc Article Published in Active Over 50 Magazine

For too many of us, the first step to a declining quality of life and a loss of independence is a misstep or fall. Ironically, most of these life changing falls occur within the familiar surroundings of our respective homes.

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Home Safety Services Partners with Community Agencies on National Fall Prevention Awareness Day Image: Home Safety Services Partners with Community Agencies on National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

In conjunction with National Fall Prevention Week, Home Safety Services of Foster City, California, partnered with the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force and the local Rebuilding Together affiliate to perform senior home safety modifications for three low income, community dwelling seniors in East Palo Alto, CA.

The seniors received a variety of services and counseling to help prevent falls and maintain their independence.  Home Safety Services contributed materials and labor of three staff persons to the effort.  Another partner, OT House Calls, provided counseling, training and materials as well.  Members of the task force and staff and volunteers from Rebuilding Together rounded out the work crews.

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Martin Simenc Presents Industry Outlook for Home Modifications at SIPP Conference Image: Martin Simenc Presents Industry Outlook for Home Modifications at SIPP Conference

Martin Simenc, President of Home Safety Services, was invited to present a Home Modifications Industry Outlook at this year's Senior Injury Prevention Project Conference held in Emeryville, California.  The 300+ attendees heard an optimistic outlook for the rapidly evolving and growing field of home modifications.

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Simenc Addresses USC Davis School of Gerontology Morton Kesten Summit Image: Simenc Addresses USC Davis School of Gerontology Morton Kesten Summit

Martin Simenc, President of Home Safety Services, presented Home Modifications - A For Profit Perspective at the Morton Kesten Summit 2014, Designing California’s Future: Aging in Place Innovations.  His closing thought shared with the 200+ attendees was:  "We are at the tipping point of Home Modifications becoming a legitimate and recognized industry; and it remains to be seen whether the altruistic motivation of the academic, non-profit and for-profit pioneers will succeed in maintaining the integrity of this critically important movement."

Fall Prevention Study concludes that Home Modifications Provide Best Value

Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Fall Prevention Programs that Reduce Fall-Related Hip Fractures in Older Adults.

CONCLUSION: Of single interventions studied, management of psychotropics and tai chi reduces costs the most. Of more-studied interventions, home modifications provide the best value. These results must be interpreted in the context of the multifactorial nature of falls.

 

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