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Home Accessibility Solutions

The aging population is changing. And, so is the idea of aging. In the past, many older adults moved out of their homes when they began to have physical limitations. That is no longer the case.

A lot of seniors aged 65 and older are choosing to age in place. They love their homes and want to stay in them. In fact, 70 percent of people over 50 want to live in the homes they love. For some seniors, however, aging in place could be difficult.

Did you know some businesses can help you or your family member age in place? Here is some information on home accessibility solutions.

Handicap-Accessible Home

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there’ll be 70 million Americans who’ll be at least 65 years old by 2030. This number is about 20 percent of the population of the United States. When adults choose to age in place, they plan to stay in their homes for as long as they can. If adults age in place successfully, they can access everything they need, and get help if necessary. We all want adults who are aging in place to be able to take care of their physical, emotional, and social needs. To meet these needs, homeowners must adapt their homes accordingly. Having a handicap-accessible home is the first step in allowing seniors to age in place.

Physical Limitations

One of the most important aspects of aging in place is adjusting your home to meet your physical limitations. Everyone will experience limitations as he or she ages. Aging changes us, whether we like it or not. People over 65 tend to have poorer eyesight than younger adults. We may have less strength because we experience a reduction in our muscle mass. We also may have less endurance than we used to. We may see our balance start to diminish, and we may become more prone to accidents. It becomes harder to hear. We might also have less flexibility, agility or mobility. Our reaction times are also longer. Some adults do not begin to experience changes until after 70, while others begin to experience them at 50. Every adult is different.

Improvements to the Home

One way we can all work on aging in place is to make changes or improvements to our homes. Making your home handicap accessible allows you to remain there longer.

There are lots of home accessibility products you can use to help you age in place. You can create a handicap-accessible bathroom, for example. You can install grab bars to help you sit down on and get up from the toilet. There are also grab bars for the bathtub and shower.

There are mobility plans available. If you need a ramp that is wheelchair accessible, you can get one. You can also construct stairlifts and elevators to help get you between floors.

Aren’t sure what you need? No problem. We can do a home accessibility assessment. We can come to your home and see what you need. For example, are you able to fit a wheelchair through your front door, back door or side door? Can you move from your car to your house? Does your house have stairs, or is it all on one level? Is the house carpeted or does it have vinyl, tile or hardwood floors? Does your house have adequate lighting? There are lots of things to check, and we can provide a free, no-obligation home accessibility assessment.

Looking For Home Accessibility Advice

Do you need some advice and insight for aging in place? We can help. Contact AIP Mobility Plus. We are in Chatham, N.J., in Morris County.

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