Environmental assessment and modification as fall-prevention strategies for older adults

Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 Nov;26(4):633-44. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2010.07.001.


This article discusses the role of home assessment and environmental modification in reducing the risk of falls and helping older adults and persons with disabilities live in the community. This article reviews the research on the efficacy of home environmental assessment and modification. Researchers agree that integrated risk-management programs that emphasize on multiple interventions, including professional home-hazard assessment, along with home modifications are most effective for improving function and reducing falls. Important steps for implementing home modifications for persons at risk of falling are discussed, including exploring fall-risk factors and the effects of home modifications, identifying what changes are needed through home assessments, identifying sources of payment, and finding qualified installers and products.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Home / prevention & control*
  • Aged
  • Disabled Persons
  • Environment Design*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Management / methods*