According to an article by Health Works Collective, New York has the third highest population of seniors nationwide. Also in the next 20 years the NY senior population is expected to rise 45%. Currently 79% of seniors that are living in public housing have more than two chronic conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Stay in the comfort of your own home and maintain your independence with these tips.
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries for seniors. To avoid falling in your home, adding extra lighting is a good idea. With extra lighting are able to see the stairways, household items in the way, etc. Removing throw rugs is also another great way to avoid a slip and fall. Throw rugs tend to bundle up easily, causing a tripping hazard.
Navigating the Stairs
The first thought of many when they are not able to navigate the stairs anymore is to move into a smaller home or assisted living. However, adding an elevator or stair lift to your home will allow you to stay in your home and give you that independence. An elevator or stair lift allows you to not only access each floor of your home but it can help transport groceries, laundry, etc.
An everyday task such as bathing can become difficult as you age and may require assistance. By adding a walk in tub to your home, you will be able to bathe independently. A walk in tub provides safety with a non-slip floor, grab bars, and an ADA compliant seat. They are also simple to get in and out of with their low threshold, eliminating climbing over a steep edge.
Independence is important especially as we begin to age. Start maintaining yours today.