Greetings, and thank you for taking a moment to read this inaugural post! I’m excited to welcome you to this site, and especially to keeping you informed and up to date on the ever-changing world of safely aging in place.
A significant majority of seniors – Boomers and their parents – want to stay in their homes as long as possible. My life’s mission is to help our area seniors do just that. Thus, in addition to the services I provide, I will also be highlighting and commenting upon relevant articles of interest and new products and services for our seniors and those who love them, which are not limited by geography but applicable to the global community. I’ll also talk about events or happenings in my personal and professional spheres that are applicable. For instance, I’ll be attending the 2017 NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers) Annual Conference in Indianapolis in just a couple of weeks, and I’m sure I’ll have feedback on that to share!
To kick this off, check out this insightful article on why we, as seniors or their loved ones, should be thinking about how to support safely aging in place, “before a crisis.”
I like to think of Home Modifications – not always the most descriptive term, perhaps Home Safety Modifications would be more apropos – as akin to insurance, or seat belts: you don’t need ’em until you need ’em, and if you don’t already have ’em, it’s too late. Grab bars in the bathroom are a clear example – and the majority of falls that lead to serious injury are in the bathroom. The purpose of Home Modifications is not only to facilitate seniors safely aging in place, but also to “preserve and strengthen” what functionality they already possess. After all, it’s not just quality of life at the end of the day, but quality too.
Thus as a first step to safely aging in place, family members need to become educated and get on board with the importance of Home Modifications, and then discuss with their seniors as to why they’re so critical. Many Home Modifications are simple and inexpensive, and more widely available than ever, especially with the advent of the internet. If you know where to look (just ask me!), you may be able to find funding or local non-profits or service organizations to help pay for and/or implement various solutions.
Finally – and this is how I have convinced more than one nonagenarian to have a free Home Modification Assessment – each of us would like to leave this world as peacefully and painlessly as possible. Suffering a fall, which at least 30% of the time leads to hospitalization and/or subsequent death, is NOT peaceful or painless. Reducing the likelihood of such an event is an excellent way to control, as much as we can, how we choose our exit.
Next time: another step to safely aging in place: balance and core strength are key, at any age!