Close the Gap in Senior Care

Together we can help seniors remain healthy, happy, and at home

 

1 out of every 7 Americans is 65 or older. And many of these seniors suffer from chronic illness, loneliness, and other ailments. At Caring Senior Service, our mission has always been to help seniors remain healthy, happy, and at home. We strive each day to provide seniors with the quality care and companionship they need. But there’s still more to do.  

We created the Close the Gap in Senior Care movement to raise awareness of overlooked and underserved aspects of senior care, to extend our impact beyond the communities we serve, and to give back to seniors across the country. In cycling, riders “close the gap” between themselves so they can draft off each other. They get farther and faster working as a team, so closing the gap is critical for peak performance. That concept epitomizes what we do at Caring Senior Service and how all of us can work together in this movement to help seniors safely and happily age in place. Join us in our initiatives to close the gap in senior care. 

Grab the Bars

While we aim to bring attention to a range of seniors’ needs through the Close the Gap movementfall prevention will initially take center stage. Because falls are one of the most dangerous risks for older adults, Caring will raise money for grab bars that help prevent them. 

Grab bars are a simple, cost-effective solution communities can rally around to make a positive difference for older adults. In the coming months, Caring Senior Service will work to Close the Gap in fall prevention by providing grab bars for seniors who need them 

We’ll accomplish this through “Grab the Bars,” a fundraising program that is part of our Close the Gap in Senior Care movement. Every Caring Senior Service location will raise funds to provide grab bars for seniors who may not otherwise have the means or ability to install them. 

When you know the statistics related to senior falls, you understand the monumental import of prevention: Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults. People who do survive them incur average treatment costs of $30,000. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. 

More than 80% of falls happen in the bathroom. Installing a safety device such as a bathroom grab bar is inexpensive and can help reduce serious injuries, deaths and health care costs. Caring Senior Service’s goal is to connect all seniors with resources they need to be safe at home, starting with grab bars – a basic safety device that can help prevent falls and their catastrophic effects. 

While we work every day across our 45 locations to help Close the Gap in senior care, we can’t do it alone. We need more people and agencies to join our movement. I encourage everyone involved in senior care to either participate in our Grab the Bars program or find other ways within their communities to help Close the Gap in fall prevention. 

 

Bathroom Grab Bar