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Business offers free home safety inspections for senior citizens

 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 the injuries come from accidents in the home.

A business called Home Instead Senior Care is offering free home inspections for seniors.

Webb City, Missouri resident Nancy Coffey has contributed a lot to others during her lifetime.  Now it's time for Adam Bokker, with Home Instead Senior Care, to help Coffey.

"We checking for grab bars right here," says Bokker while looking in Coffey's bathroom.

Coffey and her husband have lived in their home for nine months.

"I've found that I'm learning all the time by being open to suggestions," says Coffey.

"I can hurt myself very easy.  I have a dog, and the dog tripped me one day and I fell.  And believe me, falling is not an option that I like," says Coffey.

Bokker, while in Coffey's bathroom, said," "I count one, two, three, four, five grab bars (in the shower), as well as a shower stool here.  A (shower) wand, we'll look for wands.  Plenty of transfer space to come in and sit down and be able to receive a good shower daily to ensure proper skin care."

"Plenty of transfer space coming into a closet area.  You have to make sure we're changing clothes.  But plenty of good transfer space.  No changes from tile to carpet.  That can sometimes be a challenge when you see tile to carpet.  One thing we do want to watch out for in any bathroom are throw rugs.  They can be trip hazards," says Bokker.

"We always want to look and make sure medicines are properly stored.  These are.  These are medicines properly stored with pill containers," says Bokker.

"Ignorance is not bliss.  When you have grown older, you think you know things but things have changed a lot since you knew," says Coffey.

So now, Coffey is more up to speed, especially with smoke detectors.

"I think we were short one," says Coffey.

"They are strictly recommendations.  There's no requirement.  There's no repercussions.  It's strictly up to the family on what they want to do," says Bokker.

It all comes down to choices that could shed light on the overall picture of safety.

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care, you can call 417-625-1868, click here.

Home Instead Senior Care offers free home inspections in Jasper, Newton, Lawrence, Barry, and McDonald counties.

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