Robert Kaplan of "OK 2 Age at Home" speaks with Robin and Joyce about modifications that can be made to one's home to make it safer for yourself, for an aging parent, or for anyone with a disability.
Our abilities change as we get older. Sometimes it is difficult to accept that our capabilities have changed, and to accept and face the "new normal." The most important thing it to avoid falling. The older we are, the more serious an injury a fall can create -- falling out of bed, falling on the steps, or in the bathroom. There are a number of modifications that can be made -- in ways that can enhance the value of the home -- that can make it safer and more realistic to remain at home.
We need first to consider: is this the place where I want to be? Is it accessible to grocery store and services? to social activities? or would it in fact be better to move?
If it's the right place to be, then is it possible to live on one floor? or to add a stair lift? Is it safe to get into the home? Should we add railings or a ramp?
Is the bathroom safe? Would it be wise to add grab bars, a shower seat, or a bathtub seat where you can sit first and swing your legs into the tub? Is the floor too slippery?
We discuss these issues and more on the Powerful Patient