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Tips for Aging in Place

According to a recent study by the AARP, the vast majority of Americans over age 50 want to stay in their homes as they age. There is a recent increase in demand for home care agencies such as HisGrip Home Care to provide help for seniors at home. Most homes, however, weren’t designed with that objective in mind. Often built by and for younger generations, they can pose hazards to someone with impaired mobility, balance or vision. Fortunately, some relatively inexpensive adaptations can accommodate life changes as we age.

Here are some ‘most frequently tips for staying at home’ that we come across at HisGrip Home Care as we continue to provide reliable and trusted care at home.

  • Rugs. Remove loose rugs since they’re a primary cause of falls and broken bones.
  • Rockers and unstable furniture. Replace them since seniors may use them to steady themselves.
  • Monitored Alarm.  Personal emergency  response systems provide a wearable pushbutton for summoning help.
  • Cordless Phones. They can be put in any room or every room, but look for models that are easy to use.
  • Bathroom. Install a seat in the shower, even a portable one, and add a hand-held showerhead. Install grab bars in the shower and bath, and higher commode and handrails.
  • Stairs & steps. Make sure all stairs and outside steps have handrails, and consider replacing or covering steps with ramps. Home entryways that don’t need stairs make great wheelchair access.
  • Stair Lift. If your two-story home lacks a bedroom and full bath downstairs and you can’t remodel, then consider a stair lift. They can be purchased or rented, and you can often find good refurbished models.
  • Doorways. Remove doors that serve no useful purpose and widen doorways so people can get around with canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
  • De-clutter & Reorganize. Clean house and discard everything that’s not truly needed, remembering to reuse (donate) and recycle where possible. Organize the things that remain so objects used daily are within easy reach.
  • Lighten up. Replace heavy pots, pans, vacuums, and trash cans with lightweight models
  • See the Light. Bright lighting is important to people with poor eyesight, so replace existing light bulbs with the new  fluorescent variety. They not only save energy, but they last so much longer.
  • Remote Control. Just like a universal remote is used to control the TV and cable box, handheld wireless devices are  available to control lights, window blinds, and fans – all while seated or  from the bedside.
  • Friendly Furniture. Consider adjustable beds and  chairs that recline easily, but avoid cushiony furniture that’s had to get in and out of.
  • Stay Warm. Senior can get cold when not moving around, so cut the chills with attic insulation and weather  stripping to eliminating drafts.
  • Appropriate Appliances. Front-loaded appliances are easy for someone in a wheelchair to use. Top-loaded models are not.
  • Do Your Chores. In addition to any professional medical help that’s needed, consider the relatively inexpensive cost of weekly maid service, lawn care, and Meals on Wheels.
  • Save Money and the Environment. Purchase wisely, buy second hand, recycle, and donate.

Remember what Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  With planning and preparation, our adults can continue to live and age at home much longer.

Nike Aremu, is the President and Owner of HisGrip Home Care, a licensed Home Care Provider located in Alpharetta, GA

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