Many adults want to "age in place" - stay in their homes as they get older.
According to AARP, three out of four Americans over 50 wish to stay in their home for as long as possible. While there are many benefits to aging in place like maintaining independence, living in a familiar, comfortable setting, there are also safety considerations families may need to address.
Falls are the number one safety risk for aging adults, but with some careful planning and home modifications, slips and accidents in the home can be significantly reduced.
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Some are simple adjustments like removing area rugs, while others are larger scale projects - for instance, installing a ramp or a lift chair. Addressing these can help your loved one live more comfortably and safely in the home.
- Home entrance: Install ramp, handrails, and home security system
- Kitchen: Install good lighting and automatic shut off rangers, ensure often-used tools and food are in easy-to-reach places
- Living room: Remove rugs and install non- slip floor, widen doorways
- Stairs: Place light switches at the top and bottom of stairs
- Bedroom: Remove area rugs and install carpets and bed rails
- Bathroom: Install grab bars, skid proof tubs, shower transfer benches, lever-handle faucets, and door locks that open from both sides
From arranging home modifications, hiring in-home support, handling a move into a care facility, negotiating insurance bills, and beyond, Wellthy's Care Coordinators are here to help.