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Home Safety Assessment

Home Safety Assessment

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Jorge G. Ruiz, MD, Osvaldo Rodriguez, MD, Francois Phancao, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
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The home safety assessment learning object consists of two components:

  1. An interactive multimedia tutorial that introduces the learners to basic concepts and rationale for the use of home safety assessment for older persons with special emphasis in older persons with dementia. The tutorial uses textual content enhanced by multimedia animations and graphics. 
  2. Practice Exercises consisting of simulated home environments where the learner has an opportunity to identify home safety hazards. 
Educational objectives: 

The learner will be able to identify home related fall hazards and safety concerns for patients, including patients with dementia.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

These computer-based tutorials were created as "reusable learning objects", and are available in CD ROM and web-based versions. 

This product can be used in conjunction with Eliminate Hazards in Your Home: A Safety Checklist with Recommendations, a checklist designed for medical students, primary care residents, and other healthcare trainees and professionals who participate in the evaluation of older adults in the home. It is helpful if the learner has received basic instruction on home safety evaluation as this will help them complete a more in-depth assessment. This checklist can also be used as a patient education tool.

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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
Osvaldo Rodriguez, Jorge G. Ruiz and Francois Phancao. Home Safety Assessment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: