Seniors living in substandard housing are at a higher risk of trips and falls. In 2010, 2.3 million older Americans were treated in health facilities for nonfatal falls. Falling can
reduce mobility and lower confidence for seniors, preventing them from remaining independent. Slippery area rugs, transition strips, and steps can all be
dangerous tripping hazards for seniors. The best way to prevent falling is by installing grab bars and railings in the home, as well as improving lighting1.
Approximately 44% of James City County seniors have some kind of disability compared to 16% of the total population having a disability. The most common disabilities among those seniors are ambulatory difficulties, hearing difficulties, and independent living difficulties. Many of the seniors who attended focus groups were concerned about accessibility needs in the home. There were several modifications that many said they either needed right away or would need in the future, but could not afford them, such as doorway widening and walk-in showers. Read more about the focus group results.
1 Joint Center for Housing Studies. (2014). Housing America's Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population: Harvard University.
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