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Home Safety Risks and Prevention

Help protect your aging loved ones from hazards in their home.

Top Tips for Home Safety Risks and Prevention

June is National Safety Month—a time to assess safety risks in the home and learn how you can prevent accidents and injuries from occurring in the adults you love and help care for.

Falls and Injuries

In adults ages 65 and older, 1 in 3 falls each year. Once an older adult falls once, the chances double that they will fall again. (source) One in five of these falls results in a serious injury such as a head injury or broken bones.

Choking and Suffocation

Choking on food or other objects is a primary cause of suffocation. Choking is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in those 87 and older. Having dentures or difficulty swallowing can increase choking in the elderly.

Foods with Minimal Choking Risk .                

  • Ground meat
  • Soup
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Fish
  • Chocolate (it will melt if it gets stuck)

Foods to Avoid to Help Prevent Choking

  • Steak and other large pieces of meat
  • Hard candy
  • Popcorn
  • White bread
  • Hot dogs
  • Cake and milk
  • Dry crackers
  • Chicken with bones


Preventing loved ones from ingesting toxic substances in the home isn’t just child’s play. Older adults can also be at risk of poison. Prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of deaths by poison

Prevent Poisoning In Your Elderly

  • Get the home tested to see if there is a risk of radon gas exposure.
  • Make sure battery-operated or battery backup carbon monoxide detectors are installed. Check or replace the batteries when the time change occurs every spring and fall.
  • Administer medications or use pill boxes so medications are not taken more than necessary.


With a few simple steps, you can help prevent accidents in the home. Our Home Safety Assessment video will help show you the first steps to seeing and resolving hidden hazards in


your home so you can keep your elderly loved ones safe and prevent costly injuries.

Watch it online at

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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