Jefferson House

Many programs are offered that provide information, technical assistance, and direct community outreach. We are able to provide our programs through the generous support of Jefferson House.

We offer two ongoing programs for older adults in our community: Mature Driver Safety Program and A Matter of Balance. (Please note: Programming for these two programs has been put on hold as we await funding. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

We also have several community events including a Car Seat Clinic, The CarFit Program and a Gun Buyback Program.

Mature Driver Safety Program

The Mature Driver Safety Program - Results from Pilot Activities
Mature Driver Safety Program

The goal of the Mature Driver Safety Program is to assess the safe driving abilities of mature drivers (age 65+), identify impairments, and provide referrals and information about what can be done to ensure safe driving.

The program includes a self-assessment survey and a computer screening, administered by a program assistant. All results are confidential.

Watch this Better Connecticut segment which aired March 26, 2012, that talks about the
Mature Driver Safety Program.

Individual appointments are being scheduled at area senior centers.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call Injury Prevention Center at (860) 837-5318.

(Please note: Programming has been put on hold as we await funding. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

A Matter of Balance

This initiative is an evidence-based falls prevention program for older adults endorsed by two nationally recognized groups: the Administration on Aging and the National Council on Aging. A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear. These include: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risks, and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program is presented in a small group format, which provides an opportunity for people with a common problem to learn from each other and to help each other deal with the shared problem of fear of falling. Classes will be offered at area senior centers.

Please call Injury Prevention Center at (860) 837-5318 for more information regarding upcoming programs.

Check out the website at Maine Health Partnership for Healthy Aging for more information about A Matter of Balance.

(Please note: Programming has been put on hold as we await funding. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Car Seat Clinic

CT Safe Kids is pleased to present Car Seat Clinics throughout the year at various locations. Check back soon for the next car seat clinic.

You can have your car seat inspected for proper installation.

These events are by appointment only. Please have the age, height and weight of your child available when you call. To schedule an appointment contact the Injury Prevention Center at (860) 837-5318.


AARP Driver Safety

CarFit: Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit

Many older drivers have difficulty in fitting into their own cars well. Whether it is adjusting mirrors in order to see the blind spot, positioning seats to be far enough away from the steering wheel yet with enough room to reach the gas pedal, or getting the seat belt to fit comfortably, there are many adjustments that can be made to find the safest fit. CarFit was developed to meet this need.

At a CarFit event, trained volunteers lead drivers through a 12 point checklist in their vehicle, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations, and offer community specific resources and activities that could make their personal vehicles “fit” better or enhance their safety. An occupational therapist is also on hand to provide information to older drivers on how to maintain and strengthen driving health. Individual appointments take approximately 30 minutes.

This free program is offered by the Injury Prevention Center of Hartford Hospital/CT Children’s Medical Center and works in collaboration with the local AARP, AAA, and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Check back again for upcoming CarFit events.

    Gun Buyback Program

    The Gun Buyback Program is a collaboration of Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, Community Renewal Team, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Police Department, the Office of the Hartford State's Attorney, and the Emergency Nurses Association.

    The 5th Annual Gun Buyback was held May 18, 2013 at the Community Renewal Team, Hartford, CT. Check back again soon for information regarding our next buyback event.

    If you cannot wait until the next gun buyback event, contact your local police for information on how to safely and legally turn in an unwanted firearm, or call our info line at (860) 249-1072. If you have an unwanted firearm in the home, this is your chance to remove the firearm by bringing it in.

    The Gun Buyback Program seeks to raise awareness about responsible and safe ownership of firearms kept in the home. A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill a family member or friend than to kill an intruder. With gun ownership comes the responsibility of storing guns locked, unloaded and inaccessible to kids.

    IMPORTANT: All guns must be brought in unloaded and wrapped in a bag.

    The IPC provides many programs, community service, and education geared to the pediatric population.
    Please visit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center web site to learn more.