Programs that accept and, where possible, attempt to resolve complaints regarding improper, unethical or illegal practices in the provision of housing.
Programs that conduct tests to ascertain whether there are harmful levels of pollutants, radiant or other energy or other hazardous materials in people's homes, yards or other environments; and/or supply test kits which can be used in the home for this purpose.
Programs that protect the public from unhealthy living conditions by enforcing laws which require that dwellings meet minimum maintenance, occupancy, use, sanitation, lighting and ventilation requirements. Health inspectors evaluate homes and apartments to ensure that hot and cold water are available; that toilets and sewage disposal systems are functioning; that the roof and exterior walls provide adequate protection from the elements; that interior walls, partitions, floors and ceilings are in safe repair; that the premises are free of rodents, vermin, insects or rubbish; and that other basic necessities are adequately available to residents. Services include inspection to ensure compliance with regulations and the issuance of citations to landlords who are out of compliance.
Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the risk factors associated with trips, slips and falls by older adults and others in and around their homes and the measures that can be taken prevent their occurrence. Delivery formats may include fact sheets, safety check lists or other informational materials; individual or group educational sessions which may include strength and balance exercises; and general media campaigns. The programs may address illnesses and other physical conditions that affect mobility and balance; "high-risk" medications or medication combinations that may cause drowsiness; lack or improper use of needed mobility aids; proper versus improper footwear; environmental safety hazards such as unsafe or unlighted stairways, uneven or slippery walking surfaces, obstacles such as throw rugs and exposed cords or wires, unsteady furniture or lack of grab bars and handrails; and other similar factors.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.