Protecting seniors in their home is one of the priorities of the Call to Action announced Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. Called “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes”, the list contains items that are of interest to senior citizens.
The Call to Action was released in order to increase awareness of the need for healthy homes in America. The announcement was intended to open up discussion and bring the need for healthy homes to national attention.
Galson notes that many diseases and injuries are the result of health hazards in the home, and that following the simple recommendations outlined can make a huge difference in the lives of Americans.
Preventive measures on the list include adding grab bars to showers and practicing fire drill techniques in order to evacuate the house in an emergency.
Other steps mentioned include making improvements in air and water quality, and regularly checking and maintaining gas appliances, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces.
Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took the opportunity during the event to announce Hud’s Healthy Homes Strategic Plan.
Sims stressed why healthy homes is a national priority and described what steps need to be taken to achieve healthier housing.
For most families, their lives center around the home. The importance of keeping the home safe and healthy is of utmost priority.
The Call to Action also notes the need for research linking housing conditions with specific health outcomes.
Because good health should begin at home, the healthy home initiative is welcome news for all family members. The healthier inhabitants keep their home, the less stress on the health care system.
Also, when homes are made healthy and safe for seniors, they are able to stay in their homes for longer periods of time, often preventing or delaying a move to senior citizen housing or nursing homes.
The impact of the healthy home initiate is far-reaching and should be considered welcome news to the citizens of this country.
Besides the Surgeon General and HUD, others involved in the initiative are the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Healthy Housing, the Alliance for Healthy Homes, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning.
For more information regarding the healthy home, you can visit www.surgeongeneral.gov- there you can download the Call to Action or listen to a podcast from Acting Surgeon General Galson.