Circle of Care Burn Foundation Recognizes Seniors During Burn Awareness Week: February 3-9

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The Circle of Care Burn Foundation (“COCBF”) (http://www.circleofcareburnfoundation.org), announces its participation in Burn Awareness Week, from February 3-9. This annual campaign, sponsored by the American Burn Association (http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php), is part of COCBF’s efforts to highlight the challenges and perseverance of senior burn survivors.

The Circle of Care Burn Foundation (“COCBF”) (http://www.circleofcareburnfoundation.org), announces its participation in Burn Awareness Week, from February 3-9. This annual campaign, sponsored by the American Burn Association (http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php), is part of COCBF’s efforts to highlight the challenges and perseverance of senior burn survivors.

“Senior burn survivors deserve our attention and respect during this week of increased awareness, because they are also some of our most vulnerable citizens involving burn-related injuries. COCBF seeks to provide seniors and all other burn survivors with the resources, support and medical care necessary to treat and overcome these challenges. From our educational programs to our varied forms of community outreach and fundraisers, COCBF is here to help seniors and their families for Burn Awareness Week,” says Linda David, CEO of COCBF.

Other notable facts concerning this issue include:

  •     Over 1,200 Americans 65 years of age and older die as a result of a fire each year. Older adults comprise 25% of all fire deaths and 30% of fire deaths that occur in the home.
  •     Approximately 3,000 older adults are injured during residential fires each year.
  •     Fires and burns are a leading cause of deaths from unintentional injuries among older adults.
  •     Older adults living alone have a 30% or greater risk of unintentional injury.
  •     Approximately 2/3 of burn injuries to the elderly occur when the victim is sleeping or trying to escape a fire.

“Burn awareness is an issue of major importance among seniors, a growing population of individuals who are at the highest risk for fire and burn injuries. Older adults experience a very difficult recovery from burn injury, making prevention education key and a major focus for COCBF,” says Pat Mieszala, RN, and President of Burn Concerns. Ms. Mieszala is also a board member of COCBF and a consultant and public education advisor for the National Fire Protection Association.

COCBF provides assistance to burn survivors and their families. In addition to its close ties to the renowned Grossman Burn Centers, which it supports through direct patient assistance and other programs, COCBF has expanded its programs and reach to include all of Southern California. To learn more about the Circle of Care Burn Foundation, or to make a secure, tax-deductible donation to support its work with burn survivors, please visit: http://www.circleofcareburnfoudation.org

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