Senior Home Safety Program

Elderly falls attribute to a significant amount of both dispatches and transports to the Emergency Room when compared to other traumatic call types and a large percentage of these falls occur in the home. 

Austin-Travis County EMS has a team of trained personnel who conduct FREE home safety assessments to identify potential risks and hazards for slips, trips and falls in the home environment.

Any person who meets the following criteria is eligible for a home safety assessment:

  • City of Austin resident
  • Age 65 or older OR concerned about their home situation
  • Lives independently (not in a nursing home or assisted living facility)
  • No diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s

Home safety evaluations include the following:

1. Home hazard mitigation to reduce fall risks

2. Basic strengthening and balancing activities

3. Medication review and Vial of Life program kit

4. Information about FREE safety equipment (canes, lock boxes, wheelchairs, smoke detectors)

5. CarFit inspection – opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.

Email EMSFallPrevention@austintexas.gov and an EMS Fall Prevention Home Technician will contact you as soon as possible. Call the EMS Safety Line at 512-972-SAFE (7233), or visit this link to fill out a home safety inspection:

https://apricot.socialsolutions.com/document/edit/id/new/form_id/43

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