Preventing Harm in Your Own House
Seniors are often one wrong step away from falling in their own homes. To reduce the chance of an accident, follow these tips.
Help on the Way
To minimize your accident risks, stay as physically fit as
possible. Movements like tai chi (an ancient Chinese exercise program) improve
coordination and balance, and classes are held in many senior citizen
When upgrading your home or apartment with safety features,
"Medicare will pay for very little of it," says Bakker. "The
Medicare program considers most of these environment retrofits to be
non-medical in nature, but rather as 'convenience items.'"
If you need help paying for bathtub grab bars or other
improvements, contact the department of aging in your city or county, and ask
if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost home-modification services. Also, some
fire departments will come to your home to conduct an assessment of possible