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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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January is National Bath Safety Month, and we’re here to talk to you about how to make bath time safer for everybody. Bath safety is vitally important, especially when it comes to Seniors and young Children. If you have to take care of one or both, it makes extra sense to take bath safety extra seriously. For seniors over 65, slips and falls account for approximately 60% of injuries and deaths, of these falls over 80% occur in the bathroom. It goes without saying that bath safety is for everyone no matter their age, and even a bubble bath can be dangerous without proper precautions. Luckily, there are simple measures that we can all take to make bath time fun, relaxing, and most importantly, safe. Let’s start with the small easy changes that can create a huge difference. The first thing to do is make sure that you’re thoroughly cleaning your tubs. Leftover soap residue, remnants from conditioners, body washes, & shampoos, and even your body's natural oils can make the bathtub slippery and hazardous. Overall increasing the chance for an accident. Cleaning your tub on a regular basis should decrease the chances of a slip. You can also install non-slip bath mats at the bottom of your tubs and showers. This will create a grippy surface for your feet. This install is done cheaply and creates a large safety impact on a small budget. Just as you put a mat in your tub, put a non-slip bath mat outside of the tub so your wet feet don’t slide and slip on the floor as you exit your bath. When bathing a small child you should never overfill the tub. Water to the brim might seem like a great idea, but little children can drown in as low as 4 inches of water. Only use as much water as necessary and never leave a child unattended in the bathroom. You should avoid bubble baths. Bubbles certainly make bath time fun, but oftentimes the bubbles will irritate sensitive skin making it red and itchy. Consider using bath toys or washable tub paint as an exciting alternative to keep your little ones attention. When ensuring the safety of the elderly, we can take some extra precautions in the bathroom. To help ease the transition in and out of the bathtub you can install a grab bar. The extra sturdiness provided by the grab bar will help seniors who might not be able to balance on their own in the shower otherwise. Consider adding a shower bench, along with a hand held shower head so that seniors can wash themselves while safely seated. The last thing to consider is switching out a basic tub for a walk-in tub. These tubs are easier to get in and out of and have a seat that’s built in. These tubs can be a worthwhile investment for seniors who are serious about Aging-in-Place, and staying independent for longer. Your local TruBlue can help you make these changes in your home. We are certified to perform Senior Home Maintenance upgrades and installations as well as make recommendations based on your house’s specific needs. We can install grab bars, change your hardware in the bathroom and some TruBlue franchises can even clean your tubs.
We were featured in December's issue of McKnights Home Care, which brings its readers the latest in home care industry news. Their article is titled, Home safety becoming integral part of home care, growth of TruBlue reveals. It talks about our president, Sean Fitzgerald, and his stance on the importance of accessible home maintenance for our Seniors. The article also mentions our partnership with Right at Home, which offers companion care, personal care and speciality care for seniors around their homes, and our partnership with The Helper Bees, a company that works with insurance to help support their similar Age-in-Place initiatives. This Age-in-Place initiative has been gaining traction since 2020 when the Global Pandemic started. Understandably, the desire to Age-in-Place is stronger than ever and TruBlue has a real opportunity to positively impact the lives of our senior population. You can read the full article HERE.
We have partnered with The Helper Bees. The Helper Bees are an insurtech company who’s passionate about helping the aging population stay in their homes as they age. If that sounds familiar to you, it should! One of the pillars of TruBlue is our commitment to helping Seniors safely age in place. The Helper Bees are a nationwide organization that is reimagining in-home care. They want to make aging in place both simple and cost-effective. Seniors are matched together with their caregivers (the helpers) based on personality tests that ensure that the two have a perfect match. The Helper Bees’ caregivers go through two rigorous background checks just as our own homecare technicians are bonded and insured. Beginning in early 2022, in the markets where TruBlue and The Helper Bees’ health plan partners are eligible, TruBlue will become the primary installer of Senior Home Safety Modifications. This includes installing home safety measures such as grab bars, handheld showerheads, and slip-resistant floor mats in the bathroom. "Our partnership with The Helper Bees is a tremendous strategic alliance for TruBlue, given their and healthAlign’s size and recognition within the industry,” said Fitzgerald. “This partnership will only continue to help propel TruBlue even more, offering more senior modifications in new territories across the country, beyond what we have previously been able to achieve as a brand." “According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly six of every 10 falls occur in the home,” said Char Hu, CEO of The Helper Bees. “TruBlue’s focus on safety will guide the home modification needs of older adults who want to age in place. We welcome this partnership on behalf of our plan partners and policyholders.” TruBlue and The Helper Bees are excited to start this partnership, and we’re buzzing with anticipation to help cater to the 9/10 American Seniors who are looking for services to help them age in place safely and securely.

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