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AGING IN PLACE is the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level. (CDC)

 

Most of our homes do not allow us to age in place successfully. A doorway too narrow, a countertop too high, or a bathroom without grab bars can make it more challenging to carry out everyday tasks. A loose rug, slick flooring material, or inadequate lighting can cause even the steadiest person to fall. Inevitably, things tend to get a little more difficult as we get older. But you don't have to be old to think about aging in place and, in fact, you shouldn't wait.

 

Aging in place doesn't have to mean adding a ramp to your front porch or big silver grab bars next to your toilet. By applying the principles of universal design, making your home safer and more accessible can be discrete and even stylish. Instead of a ramp to bypass steps to the front door, you can add an inclined sidewalk surrounded by attractive landscaping. Instead of that big silver grab bar, you can install a towel rod designed to provide support when you need it. By making these kinds of changes to our homes now, we can prevent falls and other injuries, make daily chores easier, and increase our chances of staying in our homes for life.

 

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Statistics

More than 1 in 4 older people fall each year. (CDC)

80% of falls happen in the bathroom. (NIA)

The average hospital cost for a fall injury is $30,000. (CDC)

The median annual cost of assisted living in Ohio is over $50,000. (Genworth)

The average cost of a bathroom remodel is $10,000. (Homeadvisor)

100% of ER doctors agree that an annual Home Safety Assessment

is important to keep seniors at home. (Age Safe America)

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You may benefit from a home safety and accessibility assessment if...
-You are beginning to have more difficulty going up and down steps, taking a shower, or cooking.
-You are taking care of an elderly parent or relative.
-You have had a recent injury or illness that is making everyday life a little harder.
-You have a child with a disability.
-You are helping a loved one with dementia.
-You regularly have visitors with mobility or other physical impairments.
-You have had a fall and want to make sure it doesn't happen again.
-You are building or remodeling your forever home.
-You live alone and you or your family are worried about your safety.
-You are currently in good health and would like to keep it that way.

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