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.

Aging in place is the ability to live at home safely and comfortably, controlling our quality of life and independence. As we age, it also means finding the right tools and support network to make living at home a success. By incorporating certain design principles, telecare and monitoring, and assistive tools and support, our loved ones can enjoy the health and well being that come with having a choice in care and living arrangements.

Home design
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://www.caregiverpartnership.com/category/2/.
  • 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.
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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://www.caregiverpartnership.com/category/5/.
  • 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. 
  • Motion-detection devices that can, for instance, alert a family member if a loved one gets up at night to use the bathroom and doesn’t return to bed. 
Support network
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.

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 3,000 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.

14 comments:

aechurba said...

Great article- Excellent breakdown of what aging in place is and some suggestions on how to do it. I will be tweeting this! Take care Lynn and Tom, you are great advocates for aging in place.

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Tracy said...

Your tips are truly helpful especially for families living with an elder. We have yet to find home builders that can help us age our place. I hope we get lucky soon.

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Install the facilities properly. This is to come up with an ideal room design.

Sally said...

In home renovations, especially for those living with seniors, it is important for home owners to communicate with their luxury home builders regarding the needs of the elderly.

Margaux said...

These tips also apply to those living in a Manila condo. If you are living with an elder, you have to cater to their needs.

Karel said...

Those who are looking forward to live in Manila condo units should take these tips to consideration as well. If you are living with a senior, you should prioritize their needs.

Kris said...

This is the reason why when we moved in our four lakes apartments lisle il, we hired a professional home builder to hook up our space for grandma.

jasmin rio said...

Remodeling home design is very critical, especially when you’re starting to scratch again. It's the same as building a new house.

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Anonymous said...

thanks

Valerie Phillips said...

Your key considerations for home building or remodeling are spot on. I agree in every single one of them. It's better to keep this in mind in the course of your renovation process.

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Maia Dobson said...

These monitoring and safety tools for elders' homes are efficient. I might consider having them installed at my parents house.

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What we usually do at home is we schedule a time of the year when everybody can do some handiwork to fix some home defects and make some polishing adjustments. This is also a good bonding time for the family.

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