By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Nearly half of home accidents involving senior citizens are preventable, so a local senior care service is offering free resources and tips to help keep seniors safe in their homes.
Through its Making Home Safer for Seniors program, Home Instead Senior Care of the New River Valley has free home safety checklists, as well as home safety assessments and recommendations for low-cost modifications to improve safety in the home.
Home Instead serves the counties of Pulaski, Montgomery, Giles and Floyd and the city of Radford. The free materials are available at www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com or by calling Home Instead at 540-260-3160.
According to Home Instead, nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit emergency rooms each year, with about a third of the visits involving injuries at home. A survey of emergency room doctors determined about 48 percent of the home injuries could have been avoided.
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