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Safe at Home is Almost Here!

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The eighth annual CICOA Safe at Home event, presented by United Home Healthcare, is just weeks away on Saturday, Sept. 30. Safe at Home is a half-day community service event to increase safety and prevent falls for seniors.

Falls have a great impact on the lives of Indiana seniors. Based on a 2014 report on older adult falls by the Indiana State Department of Health:

  • Falls among older adults are a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries.
  • In 2014, 333 Indiana residents 65 or older died as a result of falls, and more than 42,600 fall injuries were treated in hospitals and emergency rooms.
  • Projected life costs associated with fall injuries in 2013 among Indiana resident ages 65 and older are estimated to be $740 million.
  • In 2014, 31.5% of fall deaths occurred due to slipping, tripping and stumbling.

To help protect you or a loved one from an unexpected fall, check out CICOA’s list of falls prevention resources.

Event Day
Over 150 volunteers will work to make home modifications for 20 homes in the Martindale Brightwood neighborhood. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. in the gymnasium of the 37 Place Community Center, 2605 E. 25th St. There will be a brief program featuring Amanda Starrantino from RTV6, Pastor Frank Alexander of the Oasis of Hope CDC, Preston Harness of the Indiana State Department of Health representing the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition, and CICOA President and CEO Orion Bell. Projects include installing grab bars in bathrooms, handrails and banisters; improving lighting; clearing hallways; and removing yard overgrowth. With the help of our partners, we have identified 20 families who have difficulty with some area of their home and fear falling.

Gateway to Downtown Indianapolis
Martindale Brightwood, known as the gateway to downtown Indianapolis, has many community groups dedicated to economic development and improving the quality of life for residents. CICOA has partnered with the Oasis of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Martindale Brightwood CDC to help promote Safe at Home in the neighborhood, referring potential clients and helping us identify 20 homes.

Safe at Home Sponsors
Safe at Home is funded by generous donations from our sponsors. For the second consecutive year, United Home Healthcare has stepped up as the title sponsor of Safe at Home and will have over 30 volunteers participating at the event. Safe at Home also is supported by Managed Health Services, Bugs B Gone, Individual Support Services, Eskenazi Health, Adaptive Nursing and Healthcare Services, and CNO Financial Group.