Adults 65 and older are twice as likely to be at higher risk of fatal falls and killed by fires compared to the general population due to many factors. By age 75, the risk increases to three times, and by the age 85, four times. Through the Remembering When™ program, the Maplewood Fire Department and Regions Hospital has partnered together with the goal to reduce fire and fall deaths and injuries by delivering home visits.
Older adults account for the primary cause of injury in the City of Maplewood and the leading cause of unintentional injuries in the nation.
Approximately 95% of adults over the age of 65 live independently; however, face many increased challenges. Remembering When™ is centered on 16 key safety messages - eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention - developed by experts from national and local safety organizations.
Falls in older adults often lead to debilitating fractures and other injuries that decrease a person's independence and further complications towards their overall health.
Community members living independently age 65 and older.
Review of "8 Fall and Fire Prevention Tips."
Fire and life safety personnel will review a home safety checklist with resident. Recommendations and referrals on how to reduce fires and falls in the home will be made based needs.
For more information, or to schedule a free in-home visit, please contact the Maplewood Fire Department at 651-249-2801.