Safe Sitter teaches adolescent babysitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure, and how to nurture and guide a young child. In short, Safe Sitter babysitters help children stay safe and sound while their parents are away. In the process, these 11-to 13-year-olds emerge as more confident, responsible and compassionate teens and adults. Their instructors thrive on making a difference in the lives of these adolescents and the children in their care. And their sponsoring Safe Sitter site enjoys the benefits of developing a positive relationship with its community’s youth and families.
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Car Seat Info:
Car Seat Checks are available through Auburn Regional Medical Center the second Thursday of every month.
Auburn Regional Medical Center
202 North Division Street
Auburn WA 98001
for additional resources and information, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm
Drug Drop Off Box Program
The Maple Valley Police Department has implemented a prescription drug turn in and disposal program in response to the high demand for safe and convenient handling of prescription drugs in our community. A lockable safe is in the alarmed and secure lobby of the Maple Valley Police Station. This safe is accessible to the public during our normal business hours. The safe is mounted in a manner that prevents theft either from it or the theft of the safe itself. This safe will be used by the public to drop off unwanted prescription drugs for the purpose of disposal and destruction. Please visit our website for more information and a list of acceptable prescription drugs; http://www.maplevalleywa.gov/drugdropbox
Preventing Falls Among Seniors
Falls are not just the result of getting older. Many falls can be prevented. Falls are usually caused by a number of things. By changing some of these things, you can lower your chances of falling.
Click here for more fall prevention resources http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/injury/recreation/falls.aspx
You can reduce your chances of falling by doing these things:
1. Begin a regular exercise program.
Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful.Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.Ask your doctor or health care worker about the best type of exercise program for you.
2. Make your home safer.
About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
- Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Lamp shades or frosted bulbs can reduce glare.
- Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
- Wear shoes that give good support and have thin non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.
3. Have your health care provider review your medicines.
Have your doctor or pharmacist look at all the medicines you take (including ones that don’t need prescriptions such as cold medicines). As you get older, the way some medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you drowsy or light-headed which can lead to a fall.
4. Have your vision checked.
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.