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Aging in place, durable medical equipment, senior housing, home health care and paramedicine-what do these have in common?  They will be among the topics of discussion at the upcoming Summit on Safe, Independent Living: Home Health Care, Aging Populations, and the Residential Environment.  This summit will engage a range of stakeholders on the steps needed to manage the range of home health care challenges that will only increase in magnitude in the next decade.  Independent living is a goal that we all strive for.  Staying in one place-at home- is preferred regardless if recovering from an injury or illness or as we get older. Established options like home health care make that choice easier.  A relatively new concept, paramedicine bridges the gap somewhere between traditional home health care and emergency transport to the hospital. What does this mean for codes, standards, first responders and the public at large?  Join us in Orlando to help find the answers to these-and other-questions. The summit is free of charge.  Click on the link below to learn more and to register to attend.


Safe, Independent Living 


DESTINATION INFORMATION.  At last week’s ASTM International meetings in Anaheim, our hotel was equipped with a destination elevator. If you are not familiar with this concept, the elevator system has a keypad at each landing and you enter the floor-your destination- that you wish to travel to.  Even after 3 days, I invariably entered the elevator car and turned slightly to hit the button for my floor and of course there is no button. 


On Monday, we heard Jim Pauley announce some new ideas for NFPA.  Just like the destination elevator car has to deliver the passengers to their floor safely and efficiently, NFPA will continue to deliver information and knowledge about safety to our stakeholders efficiently using new tools like NFPA Xchange.  This is our platform to see what is of interest, share ideas and to have some directed conversations about those topics.  Our traditional “button” might not be there but we now have some new ways to get to our destination.  Between the exhibits, presentations and networking opportunities this week coupled with NFPA Xchange and the myriad resources offered by NFPA, be sure to take advantage of those opportunities not only while in Chicago, but especially when you get home.