Home Safe Home
Scottsdale Fire Department regularly is called to homes to help an older adult who has fallen.
There are some actions you can take to make your home safer and reduce your risk of falling. Home Safe Home is a free program of the Scottsdale Fire Department to help reduce falls among seniors.
Trained fire department volunteers visit seniors in their homes and point out potential tripping and falling hazards. Volunteers can replace smoke alarms batteries or install a new alarm and give free nightlights to ensure you can see well at night. Click on the button to the right to schedule your visit.
Figure out your risk of falling:
The following are the most common health problems that cause falls.
How many apply to you:
- Problems walking or moving around
- Taking 4 or more medications (including over the counter medicines and herbal remedies)
- Foot problems, unsafe footwear
- Blood pressure drops too much on standing up/dizzy
- Problems with seeing
- Tripping hazards in your home
Tally your score and use table below:
|# of the above health problems||% chance|
|0||You have a 10% chance of falling this year|
|1||You have a 20% chance of falling this year|
|2||You have a 30% chance of falling this year|
|3||You have a 60% chance of falling this year|
|4||You have a 80% chance of falling this year|
© Mary E. Tinnetti, MD