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SAFETY

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SIGHT LOSS

INFORMATION

DETECTIVE


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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED. Webpage Separator Line

SOME MEDICAL CENTERS OFFER A HOUSE OR APARTMENT SAFETY EVALUATION AS PART OF THEIR HOME HEALTH SERVICES. THIS INSPECTION FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDS CAN BE AN IMPORTANT GUIDE FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AND SHOULD BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OLDER BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CONSUMERS.

AS AN EXAMPLE, HERE ARE THE EXPERIENCES OF THE SIGHT LOSS INFORMATION DETECTIVE:

MY SAFETY WALK-THROUGH TOOK ABOUT 90 MINUTES AND WAS CONDUCTED BY A KAISER HEALTH PLAN MASTER OF PHYSICAL THERAPY WITH A GERIATRICS SPECIALTY. THESE INDEPENDENT LIVING SURVEYS CAN ALSO BE DONE BY AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST.

THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE KAISER PHYSICAL THERAPIST WAS ON MY NEED FOR A ADA-APPROVED AND PROFESSIONALLY-INSTALLED METAL HANDRAIL FOR MAXIMUM ORIENTATION AND STABILITY ON MY VERY STEEP STAIRWAY.

NEXT IDENTIFIED, MY TUB-SHOWER SHOULD HAVE A THIRD GRAB-BAR MOUNTED DIAGONALLY ON THE SIDE WALL.

ALSO REPORTED, WAS THE SERIOUS NEED FOR A PRACTICE FIRE DRILL FROM MY SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM WINDOW USING THE EXISTING CHAIN ESCAPE LADDER.

FURTHER WAS A REFERRAL TO MY LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT TO CONFIRM NON-USE OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER BY A VISION LOSS INDIVIDUAL BECAUSE OF THEIR INABILITY TO ACCURATELY AIM AT THE ACCELERANT SOURCE.

FINALLY, BE AWARE THAT THIS SAFENESS INVENTORY DOES REQUIRE A PHYSICIAN ORDER FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF THIS MEDICALLY NECESSARY SERVICE.

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