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  1. 1. Home Safe Home Making the Home Safe and Better Equipped for Aging in Place
  2. 2. About 70% of people over 65 spend their remaining years in the same home where they celebrated their 65th birthday, reports Senior Resource.
  3. 3. WHY? Most Americans desire to stay in their homes—89% of people 50+ wish to remain in their own homes indefinitely (AARP).
  4. 4. Aging at Home <ul><li>Reasons people want to age in place include: </li></ul><ul><li>Staying in a familiar, comfortable environment </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling independent </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience to services </li></ul><ul><li>Safety and security </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity to family </li></ul>
  5. 5. As people age in place, modifications to the home are sometimes needed for safety and comfort.
  6. 6. Home Modifications <ul><li>The National Home Builders Association (NAHB) presents these facts about aging in place. </li></ul><ul><li>How big is aging in place? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75% of remodelers have seen an increase in requests for aging in place work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% of remodelers already perform aging in place work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Besides the issue of skilled labor availability, the aging of the population is projected to be the most important issue affecting the remodeling industry over the next five years </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Home Modifications <ul><li>What should my home contain if I want to age in place? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A master bedroom and bath on the first floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A low- or no-threshold entrance to the home with an overhang </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No change in levels on the main floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bright lighting in all areas, especially places like stairways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A low-maintenance exterior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-slip flooring at the main entryway </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An open floor plan, especially in the kitchen/dining area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Floors and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Home Modifications <ul><ul><li>Handrails on all steps and grab bars in bathrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good, glare-free lighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rocker light switches instead of the flip kind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Levers or L-shaped handles, which work far better than traditional doorknobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single-lever faucets for easy turn off and turn on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy-to-grasp handles to replace existing hardware on cabinetry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cabinet hardware changed to magnetic catches or to the kind that open the door when one presses on it </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelers Report <ul><li>Aging in place modifications most frequently purchased by homeowners include: </li></ul><ul><li>Adding grab bars (78 percent) </li></ul><ul><li>Installing higher toilets (71 percent) </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrading to a curb-less shower (60 percent) </li></ul><ul><li>Widening doorways (57 percent) </li></ul><ul><li>Constructing ramps or lower thresholds (45 percent) </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing lighting and task lighting (45 percent) </li></ul>
  10. 10. NAHB Recommendations <ul><li>What is NAHB doing to help the aging population? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NAHB, in partnership with AARP and the NAHB Research Center, developed the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program—the leading national educational designation designed to teach professionals how to modify homes for aging in place. Since 2002, more than 2,200 people have completed the CAPS program, making it one of the fastest-growing educational programs at NAHB. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAHB Remodelers provides more information for consumers online at NAHB.org/aginginplace . </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. NAHB Recommendations <ul><li>What are some techniques CAPS-trained professionals use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lighting from multiple directions – reducing glare and shadows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light sockets with more than one bulb – redundancy in case one bulb burns out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stacking closets for a future elevator shaft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrasting colors for depth perception – use a different color counter (or edging around the counter) than the floor, staining the edge of the stairs a darker color than the rest of the steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convenience shelf at an entry way to place a grocery bag while getting out keys </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Common Features of Universal Design (functional design for any age) <ul><li>No-step entry </li></ul><ul><li>One-story living: places to eat, use the bathroom, and sleep are all located on one level, which is barrier-free </li></ul><ul><li>Wide doorways: doorways that are 32–36 inches wide let wheelchairs pass through </li></ul><ul><li>Wide hallways: hallways should be 36–42 inches wide </li></ul><ul><li>Extra floor space </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Considerations <ul><li>Other items to consider when planning for the frail elderly or the handicapped include: </li></ul><ul><li>Switches, thermostats and electrical outlets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Switches and thermostats should be installed no higher than 48&quot; off the floor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place electrical outlets no lower than 15&quot; off the floor. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flooring considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a very low pile indoor carpet, or a non-skid tile. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO throw rugs EVER. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Other Considerations <ul><li>Water temperature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set the temperature of water heaters to 120 degrees. It takes only 130 degrees to receive a nasty water burn. Consider buying an anti-scald device for the tub and sink. Ask a plumber for details. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stair accessibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the master bedroom is not on the main floor, navigate stairways by installing a stair lift. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stair lifts work by using an electric or battery operated chair that attaches to the edge of a stairway. Newer, powered lift models can accommodate either straight or curved stairways. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Other Considerations <ul><ul><li>For those who rely on a wheelchair for mobility, wheelchair lifts are also available, and are very similar to standard stair lifts; rather than a chair, a folding platform enables a wheelchair to drive on with ease. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The units are battery operated and self charge when docked at either the top or bottom of the stairs. This prevents the possibility of being stuck during a power outage. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Other Considerations <ul><li>Bathrooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install grab bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about tub access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What goes into taking a bath? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First, a person has to step over a high tub wall while trying to maintain balance. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Then lower oneself into the tub using one’s arms. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One does all of this on a wet, slippery surface—without wearing shoes for traction. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider buying a new tub or making the current tub safer. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Buying a New Tub <ul><li>If climbing over the tub wall is a problem, then look for a tub that has a ledge—or transfer bench—built right into the side. The person sits on this ledge and swings his legs into the tub, using grab bars and rails to lower himself into the water. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Buying a New Tub <ul><li>Another option is an accessible bathtub. These bathtubs have a door in the tub wall that closes, sealing the opening so the person can fill the tub with water. Water can’t be put into these tubs unless the door is tightly sealed, which means the person needs to sit in the tub while the water runs. </li></ul><ul><li>TIP: Look for a tub that has the water controls on the outside tub wall. That way, the water can be turned on while standing in the bathroom. No need to bend over to reach controls at the far end of the tub. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Using an Old Tub More Safely <ul><li>Install grab bars and hand rails. If the tub does not have a non-slip surface, put a non-slip mat on the floor of the tub. Make certain there’s a place to put the towel and shampoo so they can be easily reached without getting up. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Using an Old Tub More Safely <ul><li>Try using a portable transfer bench to help get over the tub wall. This bench has a long seat and backrest. One side of the bench rests in the tub. The other side rests outside the tub. The person sits down outside the tub, slides his body across the seat, and swings his legs over the tub wall. </li></ul><ul><li>If lowering into the water is an issue, consider a bath stool or chair. Put these seats right inside the bathtub. This allows a person to sit down and soak her legs in the bath water. She’ll need a washcloth and a hand-held shower to wash the rest of the body. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Using an Old Tub More Safely <ul><li>If there is no way to get into the tub, install a bath lift in the tub. This is a high-tech device for people who can’t use a transfer bench. The lift has a chair that lowers a person into and out of the water. A doctor or physical therapist can help choose a bath lift. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Wheelchair Access in the Home <ul><li>Doorways </li></ul><ul><li>Wheelchairs need a minimum 32&quot; door for a straight in approach. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, a 36&quot; door is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>The typical doorway width, unless it is an archway or other special door, is between 30 and 32 inches. The entryway into a laundry room or pantry averages about 26 inches. </li></ul><ul><li>To permit entry into rooms with a wheelchair, the doorways will need to be widened. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Wheelchair Access in the Home <ul><li>Kitchen ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Lower the microwave oven or install a ledge or shelf in front of it or consider a microwave drawer. </li></ul><ul><li>Lower the countertop height for ease of use. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Wheelchair Access in the Home <ul><li>Lower a counter that will house a small sink as well as a place under which a wheelchair can fit. </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: A standard-size refrigerator may pose a problem because in most cases the door can’t open wide enough to permit entry to a wheelchair and occupant unless it is not bound to a corner or wall. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Wheelchair Access in the Home <ul><li>A tip for remodeling the home to accommodate people with special needs or disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Add temporary ramps to make the home easier to enter and exit; that way the ramps can easily be removed to enhance curb appeal when selling the home </li></ul>
  26. 26. Staying at Home with Help <ul><li>Just knowing some ways to make aging in place easier can make home care safer and more appropriate for long-term care at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the barriers to home safety are overcome, then home care can be a great option. </li></ul>
  27. 27. How does Aunt Ann’s Home Care help? <ul><li>We understand the needs of those aging in place and provide traditional and non-traditional in-home care offerings based on each client’s needs, whether the needs are daily, weekly, temporary, or long-term. </li></ul><ul><li>We perform free in-home safety checks and will make recommendations for alterations to the home environment to make aging in place not only safe, but comfortable as well. </li></ul><ul><li>We can also recommend local contractors who are experienced in home renovations for seniors or disabled persons. </li></ul><ul><li>Aunt Ann’s Home Care broadens the scope of care and the possibilities that in-home care can be a sustainable option. </li></ul>
  28. 28. How does Aunt Ann’s Home Care help? <ul><li>Contact Aunt Ann’s Home Care for more information on private duty care and customized options for varying needs to age in place. </li></ul><ul><li>We can help provide comfort and foster independence by aiding in what were once simple, daily tasks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meal preparation  Light housekeeping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Errand services  Grocery shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incidental shopping  Laundry and linen washing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal care  Recreational activities </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. For More Information… <ul><li>Aunt Ann’s Home Care 198 Los Banos Avenue • Daly City, CA 94014 415.974.3530 San Francisco 650.757.2000 Peninsula [email_address] www.auntannshomecare.com </li></ul>
  30. 30. Works Cited <ul><li>www.aarp.org/families/home_design/bath/a2004-03-02-b-bathtubs.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.aarp.org/families/home_design/universaldesign/a2004-03-23-whatis_univdesign.html </li></ul><ul><li>bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/yourhome/articles/easy_living_questions.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.caregiversystems.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.housingzone.com/article/CA6651893.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.howdididoit.com/home-garden/retrofit-your-home-for-older-or-disabled-residents </li></ul><ul><li>www.nahb.com/generic.aspx?sectionID=717&genericContentID=87872 </li></ul><ul><li>www.seniorresource.com/ageinpl.htm </li></ul><ul><li>www.inspectapedia.com/heat/MixingValves.htm </li></ul><ul><li>www.adaptiveaccess.com/grab_bars_shower_tub.php </li></ul>

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