Local Meals on Wheels programs play a critical role in observing and addressing safety hazards in the home during regular meal deliveries, as staff and volunteers have the opportunity to observe clients’ home environments firsthand. In an ongoing effort to support local programs in their work to ensure their senior clients remain healthy and safe, Meals on Wheels America conducted an assessment of the most prevalent home safety hazards, as well as a review of what is being done to make homes more livable to keep seniors safer and prevent falls. The Older Adults and In-Home Safety report conveys the insights and findings of that assessment. The report:
- Explores the primary safety challenges seniors face in their own homes;
- Synthesizes interviews and publicly available research and information about solutions and interventions to improve in-home safety;
- Examines groups and organizations that are involved in improving home safety and livability for seniors; and
- Looks ahead at trends within the in-home safety space to consider what can be done to fill existing knowledge and implementation gaps in the future.
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