According to the California Department of Health, there are over 420,786 annually reported falls throughout the state resulting in 348,946 patient emergency room visits. Falls continue to be one of the leading causes for deaths of individuals over the age of 65. The monetary cost to our healthcare system is in excess of 30billion dollars per year. Falls can occur anywhere throughout an individual’s home, with the most common areas located at stairs, bedroom, and bathroom.
Sourcewise, the designated Area Agency on Aging in Santa Clara County, recently partnered with a regional home modifications company Home Safety Services to provide the “Dignity at Home Fall Prevention Program.” This new program will help address the critical health issue of falls that affect vulnerable adults 60+ and all adults with disabilities who are at increased risk of falls or recovering from a fall. The program will provide information & education, in-home and virtual assessments to identify potential hazards, and purchase home modification equipment for older adults and adults with disabilities. Sponsored by the California Department of Aging, the local Area Agency on Aging funds the Dignity at Home Fall Program that will help to provide low-income individuals with no cost fall prevention modifications including grab bars, shower chairs, transfer benches, handheld showers, toileting aides, ramps and more. The program is available to qualified low-income South County residents in Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy who are at risk of at home falls and starts January 2021. To learn about community resources available, contact a Community Resource Specialist: Call (408) 762-7362.
About Sourcewise: At Sourcewise, our mission is to provide adults and their caregivers the tools and services they need to effectively navigate their health and life options. Through a comprehensive network of resources, Sourcewise strives to educate, support, and advocate for all adults, their families, and their caregivers within Santa Clara County. We empower our community by providing access to information, allowing for personal choices, and continued independence. Our commitment to offering community resource solutions is grounded in our rich history of serving the communities of Santa Clara County since 1973. Please call us if you or a loved one needs assistance with planning and preparing for your future. *Sourcewise is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit: mysourcewise.com.
CONTACT: Rosie Jimenez, Director, South County Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Safety Services is proud to be the home risk assessment and installation provider for Sourcewise’s Dignity at Home Program.