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posted: 6/21/2014 5:01 AM

Safety check could save a senior's life

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I implore suburban families to take a potentially lifesaving action during June, National Safety Month, by conducting a thorough safety check of their aging parents' homes.

Nearly 20 million seniors visit emergency rooms every year, with many of these injuries caused by home accidents. These preventable home hazards, such as throw rugs or loose railings, can be particularly harmful, leading to falls and injuries that can impact seniors' ability to live independently.

Emergency room doctors recommend that seniors' homes be checked for potential safety hazards at least once a year. Arrange a safety check by a senior care professional. Most homebuilders and remodelers use "aging in place" building standards for senior safety, so if you know a builder please inquire.

Kelly J. Hutchison

Elk Grove Village

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