Factors associated with home hazards: Findings from the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research study

Factors associated with home hazards: Findings from the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research study IntroductionFalls are amongst the top three causes for injury globally, and older people in particular are the group mostly affected by falls. Therefore, researchers have investigated home hazards as one of the risk factors for falls. Falls might only occur if the functional demands of the home environment imposed by the home hazards exceed the balance capacity of the older person. However, studies on home hazards as a single risk factor for falls among older people have yielded inconsistent findings. Intervention studies have, however, shown that home hazards management through assessment and modification significantly reduced home hazards and falls.Home hazards are not only defined by the physical features of the home environment, but are the products of risks encountered by the individual while carrying out functional activities in the home environment. However, most previous studies have investigated home hazards as an independent factor without taking into account the interaction of older people with the home environment. Studies on home hazards frequently investigate the area where the hazards are present, the numbers of hazards in the home and how these hazards could contribute to falls. Such a unilateral approach does not take into account the characteristics of older individuals and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geriatrics & Gerontology International Wiley

Factors associated with home hazards: Findings from the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research study

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© 2018 Japan Geriatrics Society
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1444-1586
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1447-0594
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10.1111/ggi.13189
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Abstract

IntroductionFalls are amongst the top three causes for injury globally, and older people in particular are the group mostly affected by falls. Therefore, researchers have investigated home hazards as one of the risk factors for falls. Falls might only occur if the functional demands of the home environment imposed by the home hazards exceed the balance capacity of the older person. However, studies on home hazards as a single risk factor for falls among older people have yielded inconsistent findings. Intervention studies have, however, shown that home hazards management through assessment and modification significantly reduced home hazards and falls.Home hazards are not only defined by the physical features of the home environment, but are the products of risks encountered by the individual while carrying out functional activities in the home environment. However, most previous studies have investigated home hazards as an independent factor without taking into account the interaction of older people with the home environment. Studies on home hazards frequently investigate the area where the hazards are present, the numbers of hazards in the home and how these hazards could contribute to falls. Such a unilateral approach does not take into account the characteristics of older individuals and

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Geriatrics & Gerontology InternationalWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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