Independence at Home: Key Tips for Aging in Place

As we age, our homes should adapt to our changing needs to ensure comfort, safety, and independence. Aging in place allows seniors to live in their own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. At TruBlue, we’re dedicated to helping you transform your living space to meet these needs without sacrificing the warmth and love your home represents. Here are some practical modifications that can make any home more age-friendly, which TruBlue can help implement.

1. Enhance Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms can pose significant risks for seniors. Installing grab bars in the shower, near the toilet, and in other strategic areas can provide stability and support. Non-slip mats and a shower seat can also enhance safety during bathing. Consider updating the bathroom with a walk-in tub or a zero-entry shower to minimize the risk of falls.

2. Improve Lighting

Good lighting is crucial to reduce the risk of falls and improve visibility, especially for those with declining vision. TruBlue can help install brighter, more energy-efficient lighting in key areas such as hallways, stairways, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Consider motion-sensor lights for added convenience and safety, especially in areas like the bathroom and along entryways.

3. Accessible Door Handles and Faucets

Lever-style door handles and faucet handles are easier to use than knobs, particularly for those with arthritis or limited hand strength. These small changes can significantly enhance the ease of navigating and utilizing various aspects of your home. TruBlue technicians can swiftly make these updates, ensuring every door and faucet is comfortable and easy to operate.

4. Widen Doorways

Widening doorways can make a significant difference for those who use walkers or wheelchairs. TruBlue specialists can handle these structural changes, ensuring that your home accommodates your mobility needs while maintaining its aesthetic appeal.

5. Outdoor Access

Ensure safe and easy access to your home by installing ramps or modifying steps at entrances. Proper handrails on both sides of any steps or ramps can provide the necessary support for safe entry and exit. TruBlue’s outdoor modification services can help create a barrier-free path to your home’s entrance.

6. Regular Maintenance

Regular home maintenance is vital to ensure everything remains in good working order, reducing the risk of accidents caused by wear and tear. TruBlue’s Home Ally Maintenance Plan is designed to take care of routine checks and repairs, from securing stair rails to checking smoke detectors, ensuring your home remains a safe haven.

TruBlue: Your Partner in Aging in Place

At TruBlue, we believe in providing a comprehensive solution that not only addresses immediate modifications but also plans for long-term adaptability of your home. Our goal is to be your Home Service Ally, helping you maintain your independence while continuing to live in the home you love. Contact us today to discuss how we can support your desire to age in place with dignity and comfort.