AAHP’s aging liaison Elisse Barnes collaborated with Jim Resnick of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) to combine AAHP’s health screenings with free home safety inspections provided by MCFRS. In observance of Fall Prevention Awareness Month in September, AAHP completed 43 home safety checks. In this engagement, AAHP, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Risk Reduction Section of MCFRS touched African American seniors in all parts of Montgomery County from Germantown to Burtonsville to Takoma Park.
The Home Safety Checks included:
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By all accounts, the program was a positive experience for the seniors, community health workers, nurses, and firefighters involved. MCFRS and AAHP are discussing opportunities to continue the program on a regular basis.