Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ways We Assist Seniors to Stay at Home

We recently provided a client with Parkinson's Disease & MS, a more functional kitchen.

To be able to remain in their home, despite the challenges of aging and disabilities, many are making modifications to their homes in order to stay there. That's the question many older people ponder as they move into their 70s and beyond.

As we age, the day-to-day challenges of getting around will most likely increase, whether for basic things such as turning a doorknob or more complex tasks such as taking a shower or climbing a stairway. Often, people wait until a stroke, heart attack, hip replacement or other crisis before thinking about housing adjustments.

Such hasty decisions can end up being unattractive and costly.

Older people are settling on staying put, according to a recent survey by the Home Safety Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home-related injuries. Positive aging at home is about independence, dignity and control. Proper Aging in Place planning enables you to move around and get out of the house on the day you feel the very worst.

Aging in Place is all about Senior Citizen empowerment. It's about no limits and no barriers. It's about nursing home diversion, fall control, and community based care. The fact is more and more people want to live as long as they can in their home with familiar surroundings- where they are comfortable, secure, and have peace of mind.

Staying put makes economic sense. It is not only more comfortable to live out your life in your own home, it's much more affordable. In order to have your home age safely with you, you need professionals to make a Home Safety Functioning Assessment. This plan will show you how to live safely, prevent falls, and add convenience features so that you fully enjoy your home. Bob Bakst can be reached at 781-598-5437 or www.drfix-it.net.