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Aging in Place: Tools to Help Your Loved One Stay at Home
Home design considerations, safety technology and support help seniors remain in their homes.
Whether building a new home or remodeling a beloved house, look for builders that specialize in aging in place. Consult the National Association of Home Builders for assistance in finding a specialist or learning more about helpful home modifications. Some home modifications, such as adding safety features to a bathroom, can be done by anyone with a few handyperson skills, with relatively minor expense and effort.
Key considerations for home building or remodeling include:
• Using low-maintenance materials.
• Eliminating stairs wherever possible.
• Expanding doorways.
• Incorporating a multifunctional first-floor suite, with bedroom and bathroom.
• Installing levered faucets and easy-to-grab cabinet and drawer hardware.
• Including wheelchair-accessible sinks, counters and appliances.
• Installing grab bars in showers and near toilets, bath benches, and elevated toilet seats or safety rails. Go here for more ideas: http://caregiverpartnership.com/
• Incorporating bright lighting, handrails, and nonslip flooring without fall hazards like cords or rugs.
• Installing smoke detectors with strobe lights for the hard-of-hearing.
Monitoring and safety
Advances in technology allow many to age in place safely, while providing peace of mind to family members and caregivers. Consider equipping your loved one’s home with the latest in safety devices, such as these: http://caregiverpartnership.com/
• Phones that include features like amplification, big buttons and talking caller ID.
• Emergency products like Guardian Alert, for 24/7 remote access to 911.
• Personal monitors that alert caregivers to falls or unassisted exits.
• Monitored, automatic medication dispensers, such as E-Pill, which will call, text or e-mail a caregiver if medication is not taken.
A key factor to a successful aging-in-place arrangement is having a network of support that includes proximity to family and social interaction, as well as convenient access to health care, financial and other services. Here is just a handful of the many resources available to seniors today.
• National Aging in Place Council, which offers resources to help the elderly stay in their residences and take care of their spouses.
• ElderFriends, a volunteer-based visitation program.
• Meals on Wheels Association of America, an organization that delivers nutritious meals to seniors.
• SeniorResource.com, a Web site devoted to aging-in-place topics.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer and caregiver resource providing support, convenience and old-fashioned customer service to those caring for a loved one. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers and offers more than 2,600 home care products. Product specialists answer the phone within three rings and assist in helping customers choose just the right products. The company also offers its patent-pending automatically scheduled delivery service, Never Run OutSM, which ships supplies automatically based on need. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn and Tom Wilson of Neenah, Wisconsin. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more.