With more than 20,000 admissions every year, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in Washington state, and seniors account for more than two-thirds of these cases. To help prevent these events, King County Emergency Medical Services is offering free home-safety assistance.
Called One Step Ahead, the service is available for residents 65 years and older who are at highest risk for falls and live in King County outside of the City of Seattle. It includes a home-safety walk-through, education about staying safe in your home, information about local resources and installation of fall-safety devices for low-income residents who qualify.
For more information about the One Step Ahead fall-prevention program and how to qualify, call (206) 263-8544.