Baltimore Elderly in "Safe at Home" Program Experience Fewer Falls, Better Health

In 2001, a consortium of Baltimore agencies launched Safe at Home, a program that provided a coordinated set of services, including home modifications to reduce the risk of falls, to help low-income elderly residents of Southeast Baltimore remain healthy and continue living in their own homes. A research team from Johns Hopkins University conducted an evaluation of Safe at Home.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Local Funding Partnerships.

Key Results

  • Safe at Home served 435 clients and made 865 modifications and repairs at clients' homes.

  • Safe at Home clients were substantially less likely to suffer a fall after enrolling in the program than they were in the previous year.

  • Clients were more likely to report that they were in good health after joining the program.