Seniors: Do You want to Age in Place?

We are either young with older parents, or are older ourself. Either way, you probably know someone who is a senior, or getting there, who has a wish to continue to live in their own home as long as they can. This is a great goal … however, there are some things to consider!

The most important consideration is to make the home safe for someone with diminished mobility (sorry, this is a fact of life) to maneuver through their environment. There are many inexpensive ways to make sure of this. The first hazard starts with the front door! Most doors have a raised insulation strip which is a tripping hazard for seniors … and something as simple as this demonstrates that there are many hazards in homes that are often overlooked by everyone when it comes to senior safety. There is an easy and inexpensive fix for this, and many other hazards to elderly wanting to stay in their homes.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has a program to remodel homes for those wishing to Age in Place (AIP). You may click on the HAHB link and type in the search box “Age in place” to find information there. You may also click on the AIP link and then click on the “Practical Advice” tab for information, especially the link on that tab called “Making Your Home Senior Friendly.”

There is a designation called Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) that you want to look for.

There is more … an occupational therapist (your physician may refer you to one, or you can click here for one too) can evaluate the way you perform tasks around your home and recommend renovations that increase your safety. Area Agency on Aging also can provide information on housekeeping services, in home care, and much more.

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7 Responses to Seniors: Do You want to Age in Place?

  1. Larry Frank, Sr. May 8, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Here is a one page resource that can help seniors and their adult children evaluate how well they fit with those who they are considering getting different types of help at home.

  2. Larry Frank, Sr. January 23, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Some other helpful sites:

    Elder Care Locator

    Government benefits

  3. Larry Frank, Sr. March 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    A blog post about using technology to help aging people with links to such technology

  4. Larry Frank, Sr. July 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    An Advisor’s Guide To Aging in Place vs. Community Living

    Help your clients decide whether they need to move out of their homes.

  5. Larry Frank, Sr. November 20, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    Infographic on the levels of care and relative costs

  6. Larry Frank, Sr. April 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    Here’s another info graphic about how technology may help seniors living at home (there are more and more technology based tools and services each and every day – so this list is not complete).

    Sponsored by AT&T – not meant to be endorsed by Better Financial Education; simply a reminder that these technology approaches are becoming widespread. For example, here’s another service melding old tech (phones that seniors do have; but not smart phones) with new tech like UBER or LYFT

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