SHiM® (A Fall Prevention Program)
Our program, SHiM® (Safety and Health in Motion), a Fall Prevention Program is a collaborative partnership with Valley Assistance Services, Green Valley Fire District and the Green Valley Council. Our program is proud to announce a new collaborative partnership with the University of Arizona, Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health and the Arizona Center on Aging. Call today for our new, improved program.
Our free home visits, assessments and handyman support will promote your safety, prevent falls, encourage increased communication with your physician, and connect you to community resources to promote exercise, socialization and independence to remain safe in your home.
Our program reaches out to senior residents in Green Valley and Sahuarita. Households in the SHiM® program will be eligible for smoke alarms, night lights, light bulbs and reach sticks. Increased RN Care Advocacy will be provided to help with other health concerns to keep individuals safe and independent at home.
Falling in your home is a $45 billion problem annually. So far, this program has saved over $10.0 million annually in local healthcare costs.
A handyman volunteer will perform minor modifications such as:
- Movement of electrical cords and other obstacles out of pathways
- Adjust furniture to create safe pathways
- Install night lights, bathtub/shower appliqués, smoke alarms and remove or back rugs
- Identify or mark edges of uneven surfaces
Expert installation assistance for*:
- Smoke alarms*
A RN will visit you at home to:
- Review history of prior falls
- Help identify health conditions or other factors that increase fall risk
- Help identify vision and hearing concerns
- Schedule follow-up
- Provide you with exercise resources to fit your needs
- Promote a positive wellness focus
The GVFD Fire Corps volunteers will visit your home to look for:
- Lighting in all rooms and stairs
- Trip hazards, electrical and phone cords, household clutter, rugs
- Uneven surfaces inside and outside your home
- Fire safety hazards
- One out of three adults 65 years and older fall each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of deaths due to injuries.
- Up to 30% of seniors who fall suffer severe injuries.
- One in four individuals restrict their activities because of the fear of falling