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  1. Grant, Ernest J. MSN, RN, FAAN


Burn injury to individuals older than 60 years occurs with a frequency that is disproportionate to that of all other victims except the very young. Burns continue to remain a major healthcare problem in the United States and globally. Seniors 65 years and older make up 13.7% of the total population of the United States, and these numbers are expected to increase during the next 30 years (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). Further, older adults who live alone are 30% more likely to suffer an unintentional injury than the rest of the population. As seniors age, their potential for suffering a fire or burn-related injury increases because of the aging process, comorbidities, and limited financial means. These factors describe a vulnerable population in need of protection and safety. This article assists the home healthcare provider to recognize the characteristics and vulnerability of the older adult as related to a burn injury. Guidelines that will assist the home healthcare provider in promoting a safe and comfortable environment are discussed.