SEARHC Injury Prevention to perform Hoonah home visits

February 08 2010

Jennifer Young, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Community Injury Prevention Coordinator, will travel to Hoonah on Feb. 22-26 for a series of home visits for elders and families wanting someone to check their houses for injury risks. Jennifer will work with the SEARHC Trudy Wolfe Medical Center, Hoonah Indian Association staff and the Hoonah Fire Department to make sure Hoonah homes have smoke detectors in good working order and with fresh batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 70 percent of all fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be no more than 8-10 years old (older detectors sometimes fail), and batteries should be changed every year. Jennifer also will provide non-slip bath mats for those needing one so they can prevent falls in the tub. Glow-in-the-dark tape will be available to place near switches and plug-ins located in dark areas. A falls risk assessment will be completed in the homes of elders. For more information or to schedule a home visit, contact Sara Lampe in Hoonah at 945-3545, Ext. 31, or call Jennifer at 966-8866 in Sitka. ###