Are You at Risk for Falls?

Written by

It’s the Leading Cause of Death Among Seniors

September 23 is the first day of fall and National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. To help bring attention to this growing public health issue, CICOA has compiled an in-home assessment tool to help identify a number of common falling and tripping hazards in your home:

  • Are there secure handrails at the front and/or back steps?
  • Are there uneven thresholds between rooms?
  • Do cords (lamp, telephone, extension) run across floors?
  • Are steps and stairways clear of items?
  • Are frequently used items on shelves/in cabinents that are easily accessible?
  • Is the bath tub too high to step in and out of comfortably?
  • Are there glass doors on the shower or tub?
  • Does the stepstool have a bar or handrail?
  • Are there nightlights in bedrooms, hallways and bathrooms?
  • If there are pets, does it wear a bell on its collar?

Click here for a complete 44-point checklist of common hazards

More News & Stories

CICOA named Top Workplace 2024

Culture of Care: CICOA Honored as a Top Workplace

Every day I come to work, I feel energized to do the work I do on behalf of older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers because I am surrounded by a team who shares that passion for our mission....
CICOA named Top Workplace 2024

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions Named a 2024 Top Workplace

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2024 honor by Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces, landing in the No. 3 spot in the large business category. The Top Workplaces awards recognize employers that build and nurture a...
Innovation lights the way

Light the Way: Help Us Unlock a $25,000 Matching Gift for Wrinkle Innovation

As CICOA marks its 50th anniversary, we're reflecting on our commitment to serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers. But we're not just looking back – we're also looking forward with innovative approaches to make an even greater...