Fall Prevention

"I'm so grateful for your help. I no longer fall in my home and I am not afraid of falling when I walk outside." Jean, a Fall Prevention program client

FALL PREVENTION

In Contra Costa County, falls are the leading cause of accidental injuries for residents 65 and older. With our partners and the 70-member Contra Costa County Fall Prevention Coalition, we are making a difference, reducing emergency calls for falls, and helping seniors stay safer in their homes.

Together, we provide home safety assessments and home modifications to reduce preventable injuries; educate community organizations; and deliver exercise programs to help older adults increase balance and strength.

In addition to home safety assessments and modifications, we also strongly suggest participating in an evidence-based Fall Prevention program like Otago, Matter of Balance or Tai-Chi. These programs are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling. To find out more about these programs, click here. This link will take you to the National Council on Aging web page on evidence-based Fall Prevention programs.
 

WHAT IS A HOME SAFETY ASSESSMENT?

Our Home Safety Checklist can help you assess your home for fall risks. (Please do not reproduce this checklist without approval from Meals on Wheels Diablo Region).  

If you need more assistance, an occupational therapist can evaluate your home and make safety recommendations. Then, we will work with a licensed contractor to modify your home. For example, we might install grab bars, a hand-held shower head, a shower seat, or bed rails.
 

WHO CAN REQUEST A HOME SAFETY ASSESSMENT?

If you are a senior (60 years or older) in Contra Costa County or an Unpaid Caregiver to a senior, you can request a home safety assessment. This service is subject to funding availability and eligibility requirements.
 

HOW DO I REQUEST A HOME SAFETY ASSESSMENT?

View and print our Home Safety Modification Referral Form and fax it to 925.946.1869. Or you can call or e-mail. We will call you to determine your eligibility for this service.

 

IS THERE A FEE FOR FALL PREVENTION OR HOME SAFETY ASSESSMENTS?

There is no fee for any of our Fall Prevention services, but donations are always welcome.
 

HOW CAN I REQUEST A FALL PREVENTION PRESENTATION FOR MY GROUP?

To request Fall Prevention education for your community group, call 925.937.8311, or email Fall Prevention Program Manager Alayne Balke at abalke@mowdr.org.

 

HOW CAN I JOIN THE FALL PREVENTION COALITION?

The Coalition meets quarterly to share best practices, resources, and develop fall prevention programs. See the Fall Prevention Coalition Meetings schedule here.  For more information, call 925.937.8311, or email or email Fall Prevention Program Manager Alayne Balke at abalke@mowdr.org.