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AARP: Here are Seniors’ Aging in Place Priorities

With more and more seniors aiming to age in place according to recent research conducted by the organization, some who are interested in facilitating the needs of older Americans who wish to remain in their homes may find it useful to determine what kinds of home modifications are most beneficial for seniors looking to remain in their homes. This could include reverse mortgage professionals consulting with clients about how loan proceeds may be applied.

To that end, AARP has created a guide to assist any potential stakeholders with some of the most common and effective home modifications that should be kept in mind when aiming to help a senior remain in his or her home.

“The goal is to help loved ones be as independent as possible at home, for as long as possible,” the column reads. “To tailor your or your loved ones’ residence for care at home, you can start with a home assessment by an occupational therapist, physical therapist, geriatric care manager (aging life care specialist), certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS) or qualified professional via the area agency on aging or Department of Veterans Affairs.”

The first step is to consider any basic home modifications that can be accomplished in order to meet the increased mobility needs of a senior. These can include components such as a no-step entry; ensuring that a primary bathroom and bedroom is accessible on the first floor of a multi-story residence; grab bars and non-slip mats in bathrooms; and variable counter-top heights to ensure that those with different mobility needs are comfortable in various areas of the house.

Also of note is newly-available technology dedicated to caregiving for seniors, including mobile applications that can keep a caregiver or family member in regular contact with a loved one or person under care. More traditional medical alert systems which include the ability to track a person’s position or to dispatch emergency services are also available, and may be an appropriate choice depending on the person’s needs.

Read the column at AARP.

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