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Tips to help seniors live independently at home

Seniors can continue to enjoy living independetly for longer with the following light home adjustments for their ease and safety

AP, Tuesday 9 Jul 2013
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Much can be done to help seniors live independently in their homes for longer periods of time – without spending a lot.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and AARP offers the following tips:

  • Wear nonslip shoes - not slippers - in the house.
  • Avoid area rugs or use double-sided tape to hold them in place.
  • If you must reach something high, use a sturdy step stool with a hand rail - not a chair.
  • Place everyday items in easy-to-reach places, including cooking items.
  • Sit to cook, if possible. Keep the microwave low enough to reach.
  • Use a raised toilet seat, which can add two – five inches without having to replace the toilet.
  • Place nonskid safety strips in the tub and add a tub bench or shower chair.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom or, if that's not possible, a safety rail can be clamped onto the side of the tub.
  • Railings on both sides make stairs easier.
  • Look for tools such as a button hook/zip pull or a "reacher" that can grab hard-to-reach items.
  • Carry a portable phone or mobile around the house in case of a fall or other emergency.
  • Consider a home assessment from an occupational therapist, who can tailor suggestions to your functional ability. 

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