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Free home safety checklist offered to seniors

Special to the Nevada Appeal

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office, which serves Carson City and Reno, is offering a free home safety checklist for area seniors and their families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit the emergency room each year with almost a third of the visits related to injuries, many of which are sustained in the home. However, almost half of all home accidents by seniors can be avoided, according to a recent survey of emergency room doctors, conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network

Senior home safety experts recommend that adult children of seniors take at least one day each year to perform a thorough safety check of their parents’ home.

To request a free home safety checklist, call 775-336-5333. For other resources including online safety assessment and recommendations for inexpensive modifications, go to http://www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com.