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610-929-5751

51 Seminary Avenue
Reading, PA 19605

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Prevent Falls with a Home Safety Checklist

Use the checklist below, based on suggestions from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help guide your review of the exterior and interior of the property. Many of the safety measures listed can be made at little to no cost, but more significant modifications could require a considerable investment.

Keep in mind, there are financial options available for seniors who want to modify their homes to meet their changing needs. Area Agencies on Aging, state and local governments, and some nonprofits offer grants, loans or other assistance programs for eligible seniors in need of home repairs and modifications. An alternative is the reverse mortgage loan (See http://www.reversemortgage.org/Your-Roadmap).

Home Safety Checklist

Start on the outside:

  • Make sure the driveway and any paved walkways are smooth and stable. Seal any cracks before more damage is created. Crumbling or uneven concrete surfaces should be repaired.
  • Porch and deck flooring should be flat, even and nonslip. Any loose or broken floorboards should be nailed down or replaced.
  • Outdoor steps should have sturdy, easily graspable handrails.
  • The porch and entryway should be well-lit and light switches should be easily accessible.
  • Consider whether the doorway to the home can be converted to a no-step entrance way. There are many creative ways to achieve this.

Check out the inside:

  • Floors should be flat and nonslip; floorboards should be stable and carpets should be free of holes and tears that could create a tripping hazard.
  • Throw rugs should be fully fastened to the floor with tacks or double-sided tape, or taken out of the house.
  • All stairs and steps should be flat and even, and clutter should be removed.
  • Add nonslip treads to stairs that are not carpeted.
  • Stairways should have solidly mounted handrails on both sides of the steps if possible, and should be well-lit.
  • If you or your loved ones face mobility challenges and stairs are an obstacle to accessing different levels of the home, consider installing a chairlift that will enable them to enjoy all the rooms in the house again. (BPT)

About Sacred Heart Villa

About Sacred Heart Villa - The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.  The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, cafĂ© and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day, and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit http://sacredheartvillapa.org. or visit us at http://www.sacredheartvillapa.org/.