If you’re considering staying in your home as you grow older, there are a few things you’ll want to take care of. One of the most important is to know how to make your home safe to age-in-place.
Falling is an example of one of the more dangerous occurrences that can happen to older adults. And over half of falls occur inside the home. The reasons can range from falling on the stairs to tripping while walking across a room.
The best place to start is by assessing the condition of your home and familiarizing yourself with how to make it safe. Here are a few guidelines and questions you may want to ask:
Source: Age Safe America
When considering home safety tips for seniors, these are a few general modifications to help you further assess the house:
Although no one can see into the future, it can be helpful to consider the type of living environment you might need if accessibility became a challenge.
You’ll also want to look at the big picture. You may have to weigh different tradeoffs. For example, if your physical home is perfect for healthy aging, but you’re isolated from services or there are no alternative transportation options, your ability to age well will be compromised.
Ask yourself these questions to help clarify your decision:
Why independent living may offer the better choice to age-in-place
Even if your home situation works well today, be aware of changes that may occur in the future. Learning how to make your home safe and assessing the bigger picture can go a long way toward aging well.
Pay attention to the following circumstances that may affect your quality of life:
Because these are the type of situations that senior living communities address so well, you may want to check into what is available in your area.
If the day comes when you no longer feel as safe or secure living in your home, we hope you’ll visit our community and see what we offer.
Our residences and common areas are designed with safety and usability in mind. Participating in the many activities we offer can not only help you remain engaged in life but improve your physical and cognitive health as well.
We think you’d enjoy our fitness center, indoor heated pool, spending time in our library or sharing a meal or glass of wine with a friend. There are many social activities that make meeting and making friends easier than ever.
If you think you’d like a maintenance-free life, where healthy but delicious meals are yours when you aren’t in the mood to cook and scheduled transportation is available so you don’t miss out on anything, please give us a call.
Please visit our website or call (240) 414-8557 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.