Most adults would like to live in their homes for as long as possible — even until death. In fact, more than 90 percent of Americans over age 65 report that they plan to "age in place," either on their own or with loved ones. Our experts explain aging in place and share how you can do this while maintaining your dignity and quality of life.
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Helping seniors 'age in place'
To safely remain living in your home of choice successfully, you must be able to move and function in your home setting as you age. This often requires the help of home health professionals who play a key role in promoting independence and safety in performing essential daily tasks.
Keep cooking in your own kitchen
The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of a home and is an important room to consider when planning to age in place. You must not only look at whether a person can prepare meals in their kitchen, but also if he or she can safely move about in it without risk of falling or injury.
Avoid slips and falls in the bathroom
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many senior safety concerns will likely be found in the bathroom — the most dangerous room in your home, especially for older adults. Close to 80 percent of all bathroom accidents involve a fall, which can cause serious injuries, such as fractures or head injuries, and lead to hospitalizations.
Safety tips for older adults
The CDC reports that each year, more than 2.5 million older adults are treated in an emergency department for a fall injury. These safety tips can help protect you from potential danger at home, outdoors and while exercising.
Helping a loved one 'age in place'
Joan Arant moved from the Northwest to live with her daughter, Dianne McCann, in her San Diego home. A
Sharp Home Health
senior specialist and her colleagues helped Dianne prepare her home so that Joan can successfully — and comfortably — age in place.
Helping seniors stay healthy
Whether due to illness, lack of transportation, disability or low income, too many seniors are going without the nutrition they need to stay healthy and live active lives. One local senior was thrilled to learn about nutrition classes that help seniors see that eating right doesn't have to be hard.