Centralina Participates in Pilot Program: Safe At Home

Fall risks impact everyone from infancy into older age. From the moment babies take their first steps to running errands as an older adult, fall risks exist. However, older and disabled adults are affected more by the potential effects of falls. A fall can be a gateway to other problems, leading to a decline in health. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) recognized this risk and is piloting a program called Safe At Home, which focuses on fall prevention education and home modifications for adults aged 55-65 with a history of falls or fractures, visual impairment or use of medications which may cause impairment.

Centralina Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Director, Linda Miller, shares, “Blue Cross NC’s Safe At Home pilot program and Centralina AAA are a natural fit as they both share fall prevention and wellness goals. Centralina is excited to be a part of this program.” 

By the Numbers

Blue Cross NC partnered with Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) to deliver the Safe At Home program. GHHI will coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services with providers, including Centralina AAA, to improve health outcomes and equity while reducing healthcare utilization and costs. Blue Cross NC will serve 900 of their members through this program in nine counties: Mecklenburg, Union, New Hanover, Brunswick, Forsyth, Guilford, Wake, Durham and Orange.

Centralina Area Agency on Aging will serve up to 200 of those members – 100 in Mecklenburg County and an additional 100 in Union County – as a service provider. Blue Cross NC’s eligible members are not a part of their Medicaid coverage and can enter the program through recommendation of a medical provider, screened in through the Blue Cross NC care management team or by self-referral.

The Services

Safe At Home services will include a home inspection and fall prevention education visit, follow up visits to reinforce fall prevention education and home inspection findings, home modifications, a quality assurance visit and follow up calls at three- and six-months post intervention to measure effectiveness. Centralina Area Agency on Aging and Centralina Community Economic Development staff will conduct the environmental assessments, home visits and provide fall prevention education. Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Centralina to install needed home modifications.

Safe At Home will give peace of mind to individuals by knowing their home is a safe place to fall should the situation arise. They will also have the comfort of having prior knowledge in how to prevent falling in their home. For more information on the Safe At Home program, please contact Centralina AAA Aging Specialist Molly O’Day at moday@centralina.org or 704-385-4461.