Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as lacerations, hip fractures or head traumas. The average cost for treatment of the resulting injuries is $19,000. Injuries also may make it difficult for the individual to continue living independently and may increase the risk of early death.
Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases their actual risk of falling.
To help prevent falls in and around the home, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions hosts Safe at Home, an annual high-impact, half-day of service to homeowners age 60 and over or to persons of any age with a disability to help make their homes safe and accessible for daily living. Safe at Home typically coincides with Fall Prevention Awareness Week, recognized nationally during the first full week of fall.
Event Day Schedule
The kickoff for Safe at Home will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at CICOA, located at 4755 Kingsway Drive in Indianapolis.
8 a.m.--Volunteers arrive for registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m.--Volunteer group photos
9 a.m.--Kickoff ceremony
9:15 a.m.--Volunteers leave for morning work assignments
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--Volunteers return to kickoff site for lunch
Please visit our Donate Now page. Under "Use my gift to benefit" select "home modifications," and under "What prompted you to donate?" select "Safe at Home."
Registration for this year's Safe at Home event is not yet open.