Safety first. Falls can drastically change your independence; so preventing a fall in the first place is key Some communities have programs that conduct home safety assessments. In Olmsted County, Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) offers this opportunity. You can contact (VIPS) at 507-328-6895 or their website You can do this yourself by using a checklist for home safety and falls prevention which can be found online.
- Home Safety Checklist
- Fall Prevention Home Safety Checklist
- Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
If you struggling with your normal routine cares and tasks you may want to consider an assessment in your home by an occupational therapist. These referrals can be made on your own! The therapy company can come to your home and evaluate your ability to get around. They can help you learn how make your home work for you. They can provide advice on equipment and exercises to remain independent.
- www.minnesotahelp.info – Search using the keyword “therapy”
If you have a physician’s order and meet specific criteria, this service may be covered by Medicare Part A. If the therapy company is able to bill Medicare Part B this service may be covered at 80%. Paying for this service yourself can be a worthwhile investment.
You can also contact a durable medical equipment supplier. Some in our area have options to see equipment in motion! Stair lifts, bath chairs that are motorized, grab bars, walkers and a variety of other equipment and technology are available in these stores. Some providers will come to your home to see what works best for you. Investing in accessibility improvements may add to the time you are at home. Remember to compare the cost for the potential equipment to one month’s rent in a supportive living environment.
- www.minnesotahelp.info – Search using the phrase “Durable Medical Equipment Supplier” and your local zip code.