Safety for those who are aging or have mobility issues
As we get older, or if you or a loved one is hurt, certain aspects of our current house may make it more difficult to stay in our homes. The places we love. We all want to “age in place,” but what does that mean?
According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), “aging in place” is a matter of preserving the ability for people to remain in their home or neighborhood for as long as possible.
According to AARP, certain environmental constraints can inhibit the ability of older persons or those who have become disabled to stay in their homes.
- Doors too narrow for a walker or wheel chair can make daily living impossible.
- Lighting that was sufficient in earlier years may be inadequate for safe cooking.
- The oven may be out of reach for a person with reduced flexibility. *Most houses have exterior stairs, making entry and exit difficult. Taking the garbage out can be a major undertaking for a frail person. “With limited options, the last third of a person’s life is often spent making radical changes in response to comparatively minor changes in physical or physio- logical condition,” according to AARP. “A problem in one knee can render a home’s stairs insurmountable, shrinking a person’s world to the space of a few rooms.”
Many homes require remodeling or retrofitting to accommodate changes in an occupant’s mobility.
“When a living environment is affordable and appropriate, an aging individual is more likely to remain healthy and independent,” according to AARP. “When an individual maintains good health, he or she is better able to maintain his or her living environment.”
For more information and ideas to make your home more “homefit,” for a senior citizen or anyone who is disabled, please visit the AARP website and read their Home Fit Guide at blog.aarp.org/tag/aging-in-place.
If and when you are ready to make changes to your home, please don’t forget to call Handy Hubby Remodeling.