Aging in your home

By Marie Gress, LLMSW – Director of Operations at Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

Did you know more than 90% of older adults would prefer to age in their own home for as long as possible?  According to AARP, even if a senior needs day-to-day assistance, 82% still prefer to age in place. Do you?
Just like a new baby requires home safety changes, some adjustments should be made as we age. There are all kinds of home modifications you can do and if you are on a budget, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:
In your living spaces, remove area rugs as they are a huge trip hazard (if it is your favorite rug, hang it on the wall). Motion sensor night lights have reduced falls as well. I’d also recommend installing energy efficient light bulbs, not only do you save on energy costs, but they last 10-15 times as long meaningless ladder time for you.
In the bathroom, put a non-slip matt on the tub floor. If you don’t want to install the grab bars in the shower, put a shower chair in for stability. Also,try raising the height of your toilet – what a difference!
In the kitchen, install knobs and pulls on your cabinets and pull-out hardware on the insides.
For yourself, replace your slippers and socks with a new slipper with a non-slip sole. Also, life-alert options vary from necklaces to wrist bands, but consider it if you live alone as they are truly a life saver.
Cooking nutritious meals and transportation are often needs that eventually occur for those who choose to age in their home. MSHL offers hot lunches at the senior center, Meals on Wheels, and Transportation Service (anywhere you want to go up to 20 miles from your home).
MSHL offers an annual senior health fair on October 11, 2017 from 10am-1pm that not only includes physical health vendors such as physical therapists and flu shot providers, but we also select vendors that help you or your loved one age in place like hearing aid specialists, home health companies, respite, lawyers, social services, and more!
For more information on any of the above, please call MSHL at 734-508-6229 and mshl [at] milanseniors [dot] org or visit our website at www.milanseniors.org.

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