Home Safety for Older Adults

  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Secure and Dementia-Proof Your Home

    People diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia often have a tendency to wander outside the safety of their home. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for preventing elopement during episodes of wandering.

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  • Expert Advice on Aging in Place

    Is your house elder friendly? An occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist explains how improving the safety, accessibility and functionality of your residence now can safeguard your future at home.

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  • How To Make a Home Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s

    People in the early stages of Alzheimer's are often capable of living on their own provided they make certain safety modifications. Make these quick adjustments to the home environment to ensure their safety and well being.

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  • Dangers of Hoarding Behavior Become More Severe With Age

    Elderly hoarding is something that most family caregivers do not anticipate having to deal with. This behavior often increases with age and creates a hazardous living environment for older adults. Take these 5 steps to help a senior who hoards.

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  • Grab Bar Safety Tips

    Five tips for grab bar placement to improve the safety of your elderly parent's home.

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  • How Do I Get Dad Out of His Cluttered, Unsafe Home?

    The task of getting an elderly relative out of a cluttered, filthy, unsafe home is never easy. Here are some tips for caregivers and family to make the process more successful.

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  • What Is the Best Height for Bathroom Grab Bars?

    Grab bars can provide seniors with added stability and increased safety while toileting and bathing. Ideally, these supports should be placed at a height that feels most comfortable and secure for the person using them.

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  • Conducting a Home Safety Assessment for Seniors

    A comprehensive aging-in-place home assessment for seniors can reveal hazards that must be addressed, promote independence and give family caregivers invaluable peace of mind. Use these tips to help an aging loved one adapt their home to meet their needs.

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  • Providing a Safe Home Environment for Alzheimer's Patients

    Maintaining a safe and secure living environment will enable seniors with Alzheimer's disease to remain in the community for as long as possible, but additional home safety modifications are usually required as memory issues and dementia behaviors worsen.

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  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Evaluate your elderly parent's ability to age in place by conducting a thorough assessment to determine if they are physically and mentally able to continue living in their own home.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Best Products for Monitoring a Senior Who Wanders

    Dementia can cause disorientation and an increased risk of wandering and getting lost. Experienced caregivers’ provide their recommendations for the best products and strategies for monitoring a loved one who wanders.

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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • Is Aging in Place Always the Best Option for Seniors?

    As we age, most of us claim we want to age in place—to stay in the familiar homes we love throughout the rest of our lives. But many seniors don’t think this decision through and wind up unsafe, unsupported, lonely and even housebound.

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  • 6 Tech Tools I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    There have been countless advancements in the use of elder care technology to extend seniors’ independence and help ease the burden on family caregivers. A veteran caregiver shares her thoughts on technology’s growing role in caregiving.

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  • Senior-Friendly Home Additions for Aging in Place

    There are a number of additions that can be made to a home to make it more senior-friendly. To remain in your home as you age, consider these tips for creating a safe environment that will help you age in place safely and comfortably.

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  • Helpful Home Modifications: Finishing Our Basement for Dad

    A caregiver shares the adjustments and renovations she made to prepare her home for her elderly father-in-law to move in.

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  • 6 Household Items That Could Be Making Your Family Sick

    Bacteria, viruses and allergens hide in and on many household items, causing colds, infections and allergic reactions. Learn how to disinfect these everyday objects to prevent illness.

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  • Tips for Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s At Home

    Many families are committed to caring for Alzheimer’s patients at home for as long as possible. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to ensure a safe and successful in-home care experience.

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  • A Caregiver’s Struggle: Balancing an Elder's Sense of Purpose with Their Safety

    Seniors need to feel useful to enjoy a high quality of life. Sticking to everyday routines and engaging in enjoyable activities helps them maintain a sense of purpose. But if you believe an elder’s actions are risky or dangerous, when should you step in?

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  • Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

    Find out how simple home modifications, regular medical check-ups and minor lifestyle changes can make all the difference when it comes to elderly fall prevention.

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