Nearly 90 percent of people 65 and older want to remain in their own home for as long as possible …
… and 80 percent believe their current residence is where they will always live.(1) Here are a variety things you and they can do — as well as assistive products and services — to help them accomplish their goal despite changing physical needs.
Modifying their home to make it more comfortable, safer, and easier to carry out daily activities when their physical capabilities change. With these modifications, they may never have to move. And, many modifications can be made simply and inexpensively.
Our Aging at Home Store section (see menu above) offers a wide variety of products that make life a little easier for people with varying physical needs. Practical and affordable solutions to help overcome limitations caused by arthritis and other challenges of aging. Here are just a few examples: [affiliate links]
- For arthritic hands, replace door knobs with lever door handles and traditional wall switches with rocker switches.
- For difficulty getting into or out of a car, use a swivel seat cushion.
- For better balance, add grab bars in the bathroom toilet and tub (and shower, if separate).
- Move things on shelves to lower shelves and/or use a reacher/grabber to reach things on higher shelves.
- For limited range of motion, use a long-handle shoe horn and/or a long-handle bathing brush or sponge.
- For acid reflux, use a bed wedge to elevate your loved one’s head.
- For difficulty getting into or out of a tub, use a tub transfer bench.
- For greater safety in a shower, use a shower chair and/or a handheld shower head.
- With regard to clothing:
- It should fasten in the front
- Velcro should be used for difficult closures instead of buttons or zippers
- Pull-over clothing should be avoided and all clothing should be loose-fitting and non-binding
- Velcro fasteners can be substituted for laces on shoes; shoes that “stick” to the floor should be avoided
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) — In case of a fall or other medical emergency, this electronic device enables the user to contact help 24-hours-a-day simply by pressing a button. A number of private companies offer these systems.
Home Safety Checklist — According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 600,000 older Americans are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries at home. Many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but easy to fix. By taking some simple steps to correct them, many injuries could be prevented. This Home Safety Checklist can help you spot possible safety problems in your parent’s home.
Warning Signs — While your parent may strongly desire to continue living in their own home, you may wonder if they can continue living on their own. Here’s our mini-checklist to keep in mind the next time you visit your parent: Does Your Elderly Loved One Need Help?
A Place for Mom can help you find the right senior care services for your loved one. A Place for Mom has established a nationwide network of carefully screened senior care providers and facilities — everything from home care and assisted living to specialized memory care facilities. We are pleased to bring their referral service to you free of charge. (A Place for Mom is paid by their participating senior care providers and facilities.)
A Place for Mom has been helping seniors and their families find the best senior care for their needs and budget for over 10 years. Their knowledgeable and compassionate Senior Living Advisors will guide you through your search and can provide local support and resources. Let A Place for Mom help you online or call toll-free (877) 311-6092.
(1)Aging at Home: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices (Complete Research Report – PDF, 84 Pages)
Aging at Home: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices (In-Brief-Summary – PDF, 2 Pages)