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Safe house Elderly safety inspections

Elderly accidents around the house or unit:

Safe house – Falls burns & brain injuries are a common but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of all these will have more  frequent falls.

Most falls don’t result in serious injury. However, there is always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they have lost their independence.

What can happen after a fall?

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle & hip fractures
  • Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines ( like blood thinners)
  • An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
  • Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

What conditions make you more likely to fall?

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vison problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as, broken or uneven steps
  • Throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over
  • Vitamin D deficiency (that is not enough vitamin D in your system)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • 7 in 10 people ages 65 and over who were hospitalised with a fall related injury had fallen at home.
  • Falls accounted for almost three-quarters of hospital admissions (73%)
  • More than half of emergency department presentations were for injuries that occurred in the home (54%)
  • People aged 65 years and over accounted for nearly 95% of the total fall-related deaths.
  • More than one in three community dwelling people aged 65 years and over falling annually.
  • Over 92,150 fall injuries involving people 65 years and over resulted in hospitalisation in 2010-2011.

East Coast Building Inspections Safe house provides homeowners, investors & real estates with significant risk management protection for their homes. Safe house reports identify all safety hazards & recommend actions that should be undertaken to meet Australian Standards & ensure a property is safe for the occupants. It includes specific property details, and executive summary with photos, and action lists.

The Reports:

  • Identify potential risks within a property
  • Deliver crucial protection to homeowners, landlords & property managers
  • Provide recommended actions
  • Provide a safer environment for family members & tenants
  • Address all legally required compliance inspections

Contents of safe house reports:

  • Building hazards & damage
  • External balconies, decks & stairs
  • Internal stairs & balustrades
  • Window height hazards
  • Curtain cord hazards
  • Glass hazards
  • Slip hazards
  • Trip hazards
  • Fall hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Electrical safety switch
  • Gas hazards (Natural, Propane, Butane, LPG & LNG excludes C02)
  • Smoke alarms & fire safety items
  • Fireplace/fixed heater hazards
  • Inhalation/Contaminant/Ingestion hazards
  • Hot water hazards
  • Ventilation
  • Moisture hazards
  • Pest hazards
  • Tree/branch hazards
  • Security hazards
  • Safe pool
  • Pool fencing & gates
  • Personal observation
  • Other general risk areas

For your building, pest, strataasbestos, mould, ventilation, drainage, safe house inspection requirements call Sarah at East Coast Building Inspections 0422 081 023 servicing Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, Ulladulla, Sutherland & Eurobodalla

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