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Senior Home Safety Modifications
Aging in Place

Home safety modifications for seniors

With age comes the increased risk of injury from a fall.

In fact, more than one out of four people aged 65 and older fall each year.

And while most people wish to remain in their homes as they get older, or age in place, it can cause anxiety for both seniors and their families.

Home safety for your loved ones is not a responsibility we take lightly. By providing reliable senior home modifications, our goal is to keep life at home comfortable, safe and familiar for your elderly loved ones.

Services available:
  • Wheelchair ramp installation and removal
  • Door knob replacements
  • Switch and outlet access modifications
  • Handrail installation and removal
  • Keyless entry systems
  • Doorway widening
  • Fixing walkways or entrances to your home
  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Bestbath® baths and shower installations
  • And more

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Senior Home Safety Modifications

Recent studies have shown that up to 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their homes as they grow older. While aging in place might not be the best solution for every person, many seniors are able to stay independent in their homes with the help of senior home safety modifications.

And it is far more affordable than you may think.

In fact, one-time home safety modifications cost, on average, $60,000 less than one year at a private nursing facility. That means that seniors are able to stay independent longer, without the financial burden that comes with traditional care facilities.

And because TruBlue is a preferred partner of Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance, we can help connect you with your local Right at Home office for help with whatever in-home care your loved one needs.

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What to Expect

Whether you’re making renovations for an elderly loved one to move in or are required to make modifications to your home after a hospital stay, we can help make the transition easier.

It all starts with our Senior Home Safety Assessment.

From there, a specialist will work with you to make any home modifications you agreed to. Once safety and accessibility issues around the house have been resolved, the home must be maintained to ensure ongoing safety. TruBlue offers affordable House Care Plus packages of monthly or quarterly services, customized for as much or as little as needed, inside and outside of the home.

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There comes a time for every family when we transition from going to our parent's or grandparent's homes for the holidays to hosting them ourselves. Cleaning, cooking and hosting is a lot of work for our older family members, so it just makes sense to update the tradition. But while it might make sense to host the holidays yourself, have you thought about whether or not your home is age-friendly enough for your older loved ones? First of all, take a look at access. How is the parking at your home? Will your older loved ones be able to easily navigate your front steps? Do you need to tighten those bolts on your handrail? Is your entryway slick? Do you need to clean up slippery leaves? Is there room to get a walker from the door to your dining room table? Sometimes an easy rearrangement of the furniture and stationing someone outside to help seniors navigate your entryway can be enough to make access safer and easier for everyone. Secondly consider seating. While you might love your slouchy couch, it can be challenging for older adults to get in and out of low-sitting furniture and they might not want to ask for help. Could you borrow some sturdy folding chairs from a friend? Could you host everyone in the family room instead of the living room? What’s the best space to keep everyone together, but make sure everyone is comfortable. While we’re on the subject of seating, do you have enough dining room chairs? Do they have non-slip pads on the bottom? Do they need seat cushions? You don’t want to up-end your house for the holidays, but sometimes simple adjustments can make a big difference. Finally, step back and see if you need to make adjustments for safety, especially when it comes to possible trip hazards and handrails. If you are prone to get your foot caught on that shaggy rug in your living room, chances are good that it’s not friendly for older adults or walkers. The same is true for cords – or pets – that you may have stepped over a hundred times. Also, depending on the needs of your individual family members, you might want to consider picking up temporary support rails for your bathroom. These are just a few of the ways you can ensure your home is ready for family members of all ages without a complete redesign of your space or a huge investment in age-safe modifications. Have a great holiday season!
We’ve all fallen over what seemed like nothing – a sock on the steps, a puddle on the porch, even our own two feet. But as we get older, those falls are apt to cause more than a sprained ankle or a sore back. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, one in four adults over the age of 65 falls every year and, of those falls, 20 percent cause serious injuries. To make matters worse, 90 percent of those falls happen at home. Let’s face it, we don’t all heal as quickly as we used to, so preventing those falls is all the more critical as we age. As September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month, we wanted to share four ways you can make your home – or your loved one’s home – safer. Handrails and Grab Bars: This is easily the most obvious way to prevent falls around your home. If you have stairs, even just a couple in the garage, make sure you have sturdy handrails to hold onto, whether it’s for regular use or in case you slip. In the bathroom, have a professional like TruBlue install grab bars in the shower and next to the toilet. It’s not all about pulling yourself up – although that’s nice too. It’s about having something to catch when you need it, especially when you’re surrounded by slippery surfaces. Trip Hazards: Socks. Electrical Cords. Shoes. Pets. Rugs… Our houses are FULL of trip hazards and, especially when you’ve lived in a house for a while, they are easy to miss. It’s time to take a step back and find ways to minimize those hazards. Could you rearrange your lights or install ceiling lights? Can you secure your rug to the floor? Do you need maid services (we can help!)? It might seem obvious, but the smallest things can be the biggest issues when you’re not paying attention. Slippery Surfaces: This one is obvious in the bathroom, but slipping can happen anywhere. Bring in a wet umbrella? Let out your pet after it rained? Get a little messy doing the dishes? Have a few splatters while cooking? Bump the cat bowl? There are a million ways to have a slippery floor, so the best course of action is prevention! Your local TruBlue technician can help you find ways to make those areas less of an issue with non-slip solutions. Rearrange Your Home: Before moving your light switches and lowering your cabinets – both of which are great options for seniors aging in place – take a broader look around your home. Is your furniture arranged in a way that serves you best? Think about things like putting your bed near the light switch so you don’t need to walk across the room in the dark or moving your coffee table so you don’t bump into it for the thousandth time. Sometimes the solutions are easy! If you’re ready to take on some of these projects, consider letting TruBlue Total House Care help you with a Senior Home Safety Assessment. Learn about our Aging in Place programs here: https://trubluehousecare.com/services/aging-in-place.

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