Older Americans Month
Aging in Place
As more aging Americans choose to age in place, it’s becoming increasingly important for families to know how to accommodate those choices safely. The National Institute on Aging has issued a comprehensive list of tips to make aging in place safe and accessible, and just in time for May – Older Americans Month.
TIPS ON MAKING HOME SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR AGING LOVED ONES
- Don’t use area rugs and check to make sure all carpets are fixed firmly and securely to the floor. This will help prevent tripping hazards in the home.
- Replace handles on doors and faucets with ones that are easier to use and don’t require as much grip to maneuver.
- Install grab bars near toilets and in showers.
- To reduce fall hazards, place no-slip strips or non-skid mats on tile and wood floors or on other surfaces that may get wet, such as outdoor concrete.
- Place light switches at the top and bottom of stairs and be mindful of turning on night lights around the home.
- Install a ramp with handrails near the front door or any door the aging family member will use.
More information on aging in place can be found here
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