Bernard (97) – Modesto

Just knowing that Bernard is 97, one anticipates he might not be very active. In fact, he did not rise during the home assessment but let his live-in daughter Margo show The Dignity At Home team around. She has added much to the home to reduce his fall risk, a hefty risk score of 21/30. Still, Bernard wants to remain independent and be able to maneuver the home at will; Margo reached out to the Healthy Aging Association for advice and any possible safety equipment.

The main bathroom, however, lacked several items around the shower, creating trouble spots for Bernard. The beautiful, walk-in shower’s entrance is a short walk-way from the bedroom. A towel rack was being used as a handrail, and it was advised that he discontinue that for safety reasons. In the shower itself, Bernard reportedly tends to use the on/off faucet as support, having to stand while bathing.

The Dignity At Home – Fall Prevention Program addressed these issues by providing a grab bar next to the towel rack as well as a horizontal one above the faucet. So that Bernard is not reliant on supporting himself with one hand while standing to shower, a proper sized shower chair now gives him the support he needs.

Following the counseling and the installations, Margo confirmed that Bernard has had no falls and seems much more secure in the bathroom. She herself feels better about helping him there and is continuing to seek an appropriate bath mat as advised. She did remove one throw rug that was pointed out and heartily thanked Healthy Aging with the top rating for program service, a 5 out of 5 score. Article submitted by Health Aging

Home Safety Services is a proud partner with the Healthy Aging Association to help prevent falls.