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ADDRESSING IN-HOME SAFETY ISSUES
FOR OLDER ADULTS

Meals on Wheels makes it more manageable for seniors to continue living in their own homes as they age; however, many of those homes were not built to accommodate aging in place. Factors like outdated electrical work, uneven floors and poor lighting can create an unsafe environment that places seniors at a greater risk of injury or a fall, and the ability and/or finances to make home safety modifications may be out of reach for seniors in need. Funded through our strategic partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, our in-home safety initiative seeks to further explore these hazards seniors face in their own homes, as well as solutions and interventions to improve safety and falls prevention.

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CAPABLE AND MEALS ON WHEELS: A LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS

RELEASED FEBRUARY 27, 2019

As Meals on Wheels programs are acutely aware, improving health largely falls outside of healthcare facilities. Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) is an evidence-based falls prevention strategy developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing that enables low-income seniors to safely age in place. Addressing both function and cost, the approach teams a nurse, an occupational therapist and a handyman to address both the home environment and uses the strengths of the older adults themselves to improve safety and independence.

Building off our successful report, Older Adults and In-Home Safety, Meals on Wheels America teamed up with The Home Depot Foundation once again to help senior nutrition programs evaluate and implement CAPABLE to better support clients. CAPABLE and Meals on Wheels: A Landscape Analysis equips senior nutrition programs with the information needed to evaluate this cost-effective strategy and shares the examples of partners, funders and organizations engaged in scaling this promising approach.

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OLDER ADULTS AND IN-HOME SAFETY

RELEASED FEBRUARY 27, 2018

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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This report is intended to be disseminated freely. In reproducing any excerpts of this report, please provide a credit, such as: “Older Adults and In-Home Safety was produced by Meals on Wheels America and made possible by a grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of Meals on Wheels America.”


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

HOME MODIFICATION ASSESSMENT TOOL

This concise inspection checklist is specially designed for a Meals on Wheels staff member or volunteer to inspect meal recipients' homes for potential updates to address safety, functionality and accessibility concerns.
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HELPFUL WEBSITES

  • Homemods.org: This website from the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology promotes aging in place and offers a variety of training and education opportunities for those looking to explore home modification services. 

  • National Falls Prevention Resource Center: The National Council on Aging (ncoa) offers tools, best practices and other resources to educate the public and professionals about the risk of falls and support falls prevention programs.

  • Stopfalls.org: This website is home to the Falls Prevention Center for Excellence – an interdisciplinary partnership hosted by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology – and identifies best practices in falls prevention.

THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION:
VETERANS HOME REPAIR

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the homes and lives of military veterans and their families, The Home Depot Foundation funds a veteran home repair project supporting local Meals on Wheels programs.
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