Most of our clients value independent living and prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Most importantly, home is familiar and comfortable — additionally, staying home avoids the potential costs associated with a suitable care facility. The Washington Post recently ran a great article discussing a number of tips from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and AARP to help keep seniors living in their own homes longer. Including: 

—Wear nonslip shoes, not slippers, in the house.

—Avoid area rugs or use double-sided tape to hold them in place.

—If you must climb, use a sturdy step stool with a hand rail, not a chair.

—Place everyday items in easy-to-reach places, including cooking items.

—Sit to cook if possible. Keep the microwave low enough to reach.

—Use a raised toilet seat, which can add 2 inches to 5 inches without replacing the toilet.

—Place nonskid safety strips in the tub, and use a tub bench or shower chair.

—Install grab bars in the bathroom or, if that’s not possible, a safety rail can be clamped onto the side of the tub.

—Railings on both sides make stairs easier.

—Look for tools such as a button hook/zip pull or a “reacher” that grabs hard-to-reach items.

—Carry a portable or cellphone around the house in case of a fall or other emergency.

—Consider a home assessment from an occupational therapist, who can tailor suggestions to your functional ability.

—When remodeling, AARP suggests consulting a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, a program of the National Association of Home Builders that designates contractors, remodelers and others who are trained in modifying homes for the elderly.

For the full article as published by the Washington Post, click here.