Sharon and Robert have enjoyed their Turlock home for over 4 decades, and intend on staying in their home for as long as possible. With the support of their loving family, who live in the local area, the couple enjoy their independence and will do whatever it takes to maintain it. With the couples growing age come some health issues that have led to a decrease in mobility throughout the home, especially for Robert. A Sutter Care at Home social worker, Anabelle, felt the family would benefit greatly from the Healthy Aging Association’s Dignity At Home – Fall Prevention Program. During their in-home fall prevention assessment only one throw rug was observed in their home, by the front door entrance. Due to the rug not being very secure or slip resistant it was recommended that the couple tape it down, replace it, or just remove it from that area. Because Robert was using an oxygen machine it was also advised that the couple be very mindful of the oxygen tub as to not let it get bundled up creating a tripping hazard. While inspecting the bedroom Sharon expressed that at night they both use flashlights to guide their route to the bathroom. It was expressed that this could be dangerous as one of their hands being occupied can lead to a less chance of bracing or stopping a fall. 3 night lights were provided to the couple to keep a
well lit pathway to both the bathroom and kitchen. 2 files of life and med-cards were provided to the couple as well with instructions on how to use them and where they should be placed for emergencies. Moving to the area of most concern, the bathroom, a few hazards were easily apparent for the couple with bathroom safety. First off the toilet was very low and caused much concern for Robert, and it proved even low for Sharon. Though there was a long horizontal grab bar installed
instead of a towel rack across from the toilet, no other grab bars were in the shower vicinity. After speaking to the couple it was found out that Robert has not been able to bathe in the shower for over 3 months due to his fear of falling. He had multiple falls in the shower, one from the shower chair not supporting him correctly. To improve the couples confidence and safety while bathing a vertical grab bar, shower chair, and shower head bracket were all installed to help in this area. A toilet seat riser was installed to increase its height for the couple. Lastly, to ensure a safe route for the couple in and out of the home, a metal threshold ramp was installed at the main front door entryway. Checking back in with Sharon and Robert a few weeks after installations it was discovered neither of the clients have had a fall since receiving the program services, and their overall fear of falling was greatly reduced. Sharon expressed their satisfaction with a 5 star rating for the program saying, “Everyone has been so wonderful, and it is truly a great program!”