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Home Safety Assessment

In Being Mortal the surgeon/writer Atul Guwande writes that there comes a time when, as we grow frail, assessing and mitigating our risk of falling becomes a higher priority than getting a mammogram or checking our cholesterol.

A Home Safety Assessment is a wise, low-cost investment. For a few hundred dollars, an experienced occupational or physical therapist will observe you perform daily activities and recommend modifying your home and your ways of doing things to safeguard your independence. A few hundred dollars invested in a home safety assessment can potentially save $30,000, which according to the Center for Disease Control is the average hospital cost for a fall injury.