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First-of-a-Kind Survey Reveals Absence of Home Safety Precautions from Homes of Both Caregivers and
Older Adults

A recently completed survey commissioned by the Home Safety Council and conducted by Harris Interactive® found that many caregivers have difficulty discussing critical home safety issues with older adults – a situation that may be placing an already high-injury age group at even greater risk.

The Safe Haven for Older Adults Survey polled adults who currently provide care for a relative, in-law or friend who is 60 years of age or older to better understand their home safety perceptions, behaviors and attitudes.

The survey also revealed that many key home safety precautions are missing from the homes of both caregivers and older adults.

The reported lack of communication and missing home safety modifications may be placing an age group already at-risk for home injuries in even greater peril.

Commenting on the survey results, Dr. Angela Mickalide, Director of Education and Outreach of the Home Safety Council, stated, “Each year more than 7,000 older adults die from incidents at home including falls, fires/burns and poisonings, which are almost entirely avoidable with proper education and some simple home modifications."

"As our population ages, more and more adults will need assistance. It is critical that caregivers have meaningful discussions with those that they care for and help fix potential home dangers to keep loved ones safe in and around their homes,” added Mickalide.

To download the Safe Haven For Older Adults Survey click here

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive® on behalf of the Home Safety Council among 2,231 adults (aged 18 and over) within the United States between April 11 and 13, 2006. The sample included 354 caregivers of a relative, in-law or friend 60 years or older, of whom 266 provided care to someone who did not live with them. Data were weighted to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, and race/ethnicity. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. With pure probability samples, with 100 percent response rates, it is possible to calculate the probability that the sampling error (but not other sources of error) is not greater than some number. With a pure probability sample of 2,231 adults one could say with a ninety-five percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2 percentage points. However that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Home Safety Council

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.

About Harris Interactive®

Harris Interactive, the 13th largest and fastest-growing market research firm in the world, provides clients with research-driven insights and strategic advice to help them make more confident decisions, leading to measurable and enduring improvements in performance.

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