Making the Home Safe for Aging in Place

An increasing number of seniors are choosing to age in place. Only 4.5% of seniors are now living in nursing homes. Over 80% of seniors who need long-term care are receiving it in their own homes. Seniors not only can be comfortable and well cared for, but safe in their own homes. Staying in a familiar place increases the feeling of independence for many, and having a safe and well-equipped environment makes aging in place more convenient for seniors and their families. The following article details basic information on how to make the home safer for an aging loved one.

Aging in Place

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Web Resources:
Click the links below to access resource Web sites to find out more about making a home safer for aging in place.

Aging in Place
From products to make life easier, to major home modifications, this site offers information on tools to allow the elderly to remain at home throughout the aging process

Aging in Place Fact Sheet
The National Association of Home Builders provides statistics on aging in place as well as suggested changes of the home to allow the elderly to remain at home.

Universal Design
This article, courtesy of AARP, explains the concept of universal design in homes – modifications to allow for comfort and safety regardless of the homeowner’s age.

Videos on Universal Design
This 5 part video series covers remodeling to include universal design home features, but the ideas showcase excellent examples of home features that provide for comfort and safety for all ages.

Bathtub Safety
The decision over whether to install a new bathtub or to update an existing tub for safety purposes is debated in this article from AARP.

NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks America provides a wealth of aging in place information: from legislature to training to products and services.

Newsletter on Aging in Place
Go to this Web site to sign up for a newsletter about aging in place. Gadgets & Gizmos is one of their sections that is especially interesting.