April 27, 2012
SAFE AT HOME: AGING WELL AND MAINTAINING INDEPENDENCE
Guests: Deedra Atkinson, Senior V.P., Community Impact, United Way of Dane County
Janet Bollig, Director, Community Resource Programs for Home Health United
Amanda Hefty, Volunteer Coordinator, SAFE At Home Program (Safety Assessment for the Elderly)
Maintaining our independence is something we all cling to, and the good news it that we have more control over that than we may think. It turns out that falls and adverse drug events are two of the major reasons seniors lose their independence. These can be prevented!
United Way of Dane County and Home Health United are taking the lead and hope to diminish the risk of falls and negative drug reactions and events significantly in Dane County through the recently-launched free SAFE At Home Program.
On this program, our guests lay the foundation for this community outreach program and why it is needed, take us through a virtual SAFE assessment, and give us important tips on what we can do to maintain a safe and healthy home environment.
For more information on this model program including setting up a home assessment, call the SAFE hotline at Home Health United, 608-223-7070, or go to safeandhealthyaging.org.
For assistance in connecting with a needed service or resource, contact United Way of Dane County at 2-1-1.
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by Carol Koby at 5:12 PM