For people who want to stay in their homes as they age, avoiding falls is a top priority. Because of the economic downturn, growing numbers of seniors might be unable to sell their homes and therefore need to make them safer, said Marion Somers, a geriatric care manager in Brooklyn.
"That's what is making people look at their own place, or a family member's house if they are living with them, and evaluate, how can we make this senior-friendly and safer?" said Somers, who wrote "Elder Care Made Easier" (Addicus Books, 2006). "With this economy, seniors and their families are not able to afford the cost of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities."