Collins Realty Group, Inc.
Georgene Collins
Georgene Collins

4 Free Services for 4%

Free Home Safety Assessment


What’s Your Home Worth?


Home Safety Assessment

Seniors want to live at home for as long as possible, but homes Home with Stairs Imageweren’t built for aging adults or the disabled.  Unless custom-built, most homes are designed by standard codes.  Standard homes are fine for healthy adults and growing families but not for seniors or the disabled.  Seniors need safe homes that meet their changing mobility, sensory, and health needs. 

As we age, everyday tasks like climbing stairs, taking a bath, or reaching for an object can cause safety risks, especially falls.  Millions of older adults, 25%, fall every year.  Injuries from falls range from minor bruises to serious complications and death.  But falls are just one of many safety concerns in a senior home.  Other concerns include theft, fires, and poisonings from medication and other substances.  Collins Realty Group, Inc. helps seniors live at home safely longer through home modifications.  Read on to learn about home safety and how Collins Realty Group helps seniors and the disabled live at home safer and longer with our free home safety assessment.

Fall Prevention

Home Safety ImageFall prevention is often an afterthought.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and hip fractures among seniors 65 and over.  In fact, 20% of falls among seniors result in a head injury or broken bone.  In the United States, over 800,000 people are hospitalized due to a fall.    

Many seniors do not report falls to their loved ones or doctor.  There are many problems with under reporting a fall.  The major problem is not receiving the proper attention and help for fall prevention.  The second problem is fear of repeat falls which causes seniors to cut back on activities.  Reduced activity leads to weakness and possibly more falls.  The chance of repeat falls doubles each time you experience a fall.
The causes of falls vary.  There are biological causes of falls such as weak muscles, vision changes, or loss of sensation that often occurs with Diabetic complications.  There are behavioral types of falls from alcohol use or medication side effects.  And there are environmental causes of falls.  While your chances of falling increases with more risk factors, this page focuses on the environmental causes of falls specific to your home. 

Environmental Causes of Falls

An unsafe home environment is a common cause of falls.  Some home Home Safety Fall Hazard Imagesafety concerns that lead to falls include:

*Pets and their toys
*Throw rugs
*Poor lighting
*Items out of reach
*Narrow thresholds
*Slippery bathtubs and showers
*Buckling concrete or outdoor walkways
*Snow or ice

Home Modifications

Home modifications help seniors stay safe and independent.  Home modifications range from simple to complex and from no cost to costly.  Some examples of home modifications include:

*Remove or tack down throw rugs
*Install grab bars in the bathroom
*Increase and improve lighting
*Widen thresholds for wheelchair and walker accessibility
*Safety-Proof Stairs.
*Install and fix handrails
*Install accessible doorways for wheelchairs
*Keep outdoor concrete areas such as driveways, porches, and walkways    in good repair and clear of snow and ice
*Install a stair lift or ramp
*Remodel a kitchen or bathroom for easy access

Home Safety Inspection Image

Home Safety Assessment

Home safety for the elderly and seniors Shaw and Georgene Collins Imagestarts with an assessment.  Our owners at Collins Realty Group, are certified to do just that!  Shaw Collins is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Institute of Home Builders.  Shaw is also a licensed home inspector in Indiana.  With over 10 years of experience in home remodeling and a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Shaw’s thorough home safety assessment can help you with your age-in-place plan.

Georgene Collins, is an @Home Specialist from the National Association of Senior Move Managers and a Certified Environment Access Consultant from VGM, the largest Members Service Organization for home modifications and durable medical equipment.  Georgene has extensive knowledge in home accessibility including ramp and chairlift requirements and the principles of Universal Design.  She is also a Certified Senior Advisor® with the Society of Senior Advisors®. 

Call Georgene today at 219-315-6569 to schedule your free home safety assessment.

Offer open to homeowners 50 and over and and in areas we serve.   

Want to Know How Much Your Home is Worth?

Get Your FREE Home Market Analysis Report Right Now!