Tips to help seniors live independently at home

Tips to help seniors live independently at home

Many low-cost things can be done to help seniors live independently their homes for longer periods.

Some tips,from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and AARP:

-Wear nonslip shoes,not slippers,in the house.

-Avoid area rugs or use double-sided tape to hold them in place.

-If you must climb,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 2 inches to 5 inches without replacing the toilet.

-Place nonskid safety strips in the tub,and use 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 grabs hard-to-reach items.

-Carry a portable or cellphone 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.

-When remodeling,AARP suggests consulting a Certified Aging in Place Specialist,a program of the National Association of Home Builders that designates contractors,remodelers and others who are trained in modifying homes for the elderly.