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This week is National Aging in Place Week, an event created by the National Aging in Place Council to help bring awareness to services available to seniors and their families to help them stay in their homes. A recent study by the Atlanta Regional Commission reports that most senior adults in the Atlanta area have already been aging in place. Most of them hope to continue to maintain their homes, and 64% have expressed a desire to stay in their current home as long as possible. What are some of the home improvements you or your parents might need to make to keep their home safe for them as they age? Here are some projects to consider:

– Widening rooms, halls and entryways—if a loved one must use a wheelchair, walker or scooter, doorways and halls may need to be widened, especially if the house is on one level or otherwise senior friendly.

– Adding chair lifts, home elevators or walk-in bathtubsThese are major renovations that are best constructed by a company that specializes in this type of project. The Atlanta Senior Resources website has a directory of companies that provide a variety of services for seniors needing help in home improvements.

-Converting a downstairs room to a Master BedroomMany times in 2-story home layouts, the master bedroom is up a flight of stairs. Converting a downstairs room to a master suite creates one-level living, which is certainly easier to navigate for adults who have limited mobility. A trusted contractor can give you this best advice about this conversion.

Quick fixes:

–Make sure there is bright lighting throughout the home.

–Add non-skid tips to chairs and table legs.

–Organize the pantry and closets so that frequently used items are in easy reach.

–Outline steps (inside and outside) with colorful reflective tape.

Avoid using scatter rugs, especially those without rubber backing.

–Keep clutter off the floor.

In the next few weeks, we'll take a room-by-room look at how to make room improvements to help senior citizens age in place. One thing you can do today is contact EMC Security at 770-963-0305 to set up a medical alert monitor system for your loved one. No matter what room they're in, they'll have one-touch access to our 24-hour monitoring center in Suwanee, who can dispatch emergency medical services and stay on the line with them until help arrives. Our pendants and monitors feature state-of-the-art technology, meaning that you don't have to shout into a monitoring unit to be heard. One press of a pendant's button can bring assistance! Learn more on our website , then read our reviews on Kudzu.com !

 

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