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Community and Home Injury Prevention Project for Seniors (CHIPPS)


INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE.

Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent.
However, falls are NOT something that just happen when you age. There are proven ways to reduce falls and other injuries and ensure safety of seniors in their homes.

The most likely injury leading to hospitalization or death for seniors is a fall, and the most likely place for seniors to fall is in their own home.



The CHIPPS program provides:

  • Home safety assessments and falls prevention tips for seniors in their homes
  • Minor home safety modifications
  • Home safety education presentation to community groups of seniors and caregivers, and agency staff



The CHIPPS Program is for all seniors, whether very active or less mobile.



CHIPPS services are FREE to seniors 60 and over
living in San Francisco.



Home Safety Assessments: Request a Home Safety Assessment by calling: 628-206-7695.  Or email this CHIPPS Referral Form to: CHIPPS@SFDPH.org

An injury prevention specialist will walk with you through your home, listen to your safety concerns, and make suggestions for increased safety.


Minor Home Safety Modifications: Based on the Home Safety Assessment, CHIPPS provides safety improvements—including night lights, bath mats, surge protectors, grab bars, railings, and smoke detectors.  CHIPPS can also provide minor home modification such as grab bars, handrails, and toilet rails.


Eligibility:

  • Live in San Francisco
  • 60 years or older
  • renter or homeowner



FALLS AND INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE


Help prevent falls and promote safety by calling CHIPPS for a
Free Home Safety Assessment


628-206 7695 or CHIPPS@sfdph.org





Reports:



What Conditions Make Falls More Likely?


Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as:

    • broken or uneven steps, and
    • throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
Healthcare providers can help cut down a person's risk by reducing the fall risk factors listed above.