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Home Safety Snapshot

An estimated 97% (99% in Canada) of ER doctors report that not having help at home with activities of daily living is a very serious risk factor for accidents or injuries at home.
An estimated 97% (99% in Canada) of ER doctors report that not having help at home with activities of daily living is a very serious risk factor for accidents or injuries at home.

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April 21, 2014

Recent research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides a compelling look at senior home safety. The survey of ER doctors, seniors and adult children reveals that home isn’t always the safe haven that seniors and their loved ones dream about.

And adult children, their aging parents and emergency room doctors don’t always see things the same way.

For one thing, 100% of ER doctors in the U.S. and Canada say it’s very important for adult children to take one day each year to perform a safety check of their aging parents’ homes. But in the last year, only 44% (41% in Canada) have done this.

Likewise, 100% of emergency room doctors in the U.S. (99% in Canada) say it’s very important for families of seniors to invest in basic home safety modifications, but only 18% of adult children report they or their parents have done so or plan to. The reason? Many of these adult children (56% in the U.S. and 47% in Canada) say their parent’s home doesn’t need modifications.

Many issues could impact an older adult’s ability to remain at home, including the effects of aging on the senses. Don’t shy away from talking with an aging parent about sensitive issues such as home safety.

A little extra help at home could be just what an older adult needs to stay safe. In fact, doctors estimate that 61% of seniors in the U.S. (66% in Canada) who come to the emergency room could benefit from more help at home.

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