After having a family member fall a few weeks ago I thought this would be good information to share.
According to the CDC, one out of every four seniors falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in older adults and result in $6.5 billion in annual hospital care costs.
In St. Louis, Humana is offering a Medicare Advantage plan with a fall prevention benefit for 2019, notable as the rate of injury by falling is 31 percent higher in Missouri than the national average. The addition of the benefit was influenced by Washington University research through the Home Hazard Removal Program (HARP). The plan will provide eligible members whose diagnoses make them vulnerable to falling with the opportunity to work with a fully trained and certified occupational therapist, a clinical in-home assessment, home hazard removal visits, a tailored hazard removal plan, and more.
The fall prevention benefit will be available to as many as 2,000 Humana members in the St Louis area beginning January 1, 2019. For more information about Humana’s 2019 Medicare offerings, visit www.Humana.com/Medicare or call toll-free 1-877-877-0714 (TTY: 711). Licensed sales agents are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.
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