Helping senior citizens and people with physical challenges remain in their homes is our number one priority. Slips and falls are the leading cause of injury, disability, nursing home placement and death in adults over 65 years of age. People should not be afraid to live in their own homes. In the United States alone one in three senior citizens experience a slip or fall each year. To address this detrimental problem to aging-in-place, we offer a CAPS-certified Aging-in-Place Specialist who provides our customers with free home-mobility and safety assessments. Making simple home modifications could be the key to saving you or your loved one from a serious fall or injury.
Whether you are facing an urgent need or just looking to plan ahead before issues arise, our certified home mobility specialists will identify home safety and accessibility hazards (such as needing grab bars, a secure railing or making your home wheelchair accessible). We will then recommend home modification solutions based on your specific situation.
HomeSafe Mobility’s Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) understands that our customers typically represent one of three segmented needs, described below:
1. Aging in Place without Urgent Needs
This includes those who want to age in place and, although they aren’t experiencing immediate or significant health issues, they are starting to think ahead. They may be close to someone who is experiencing a disability or some frailty. They may favor Universal Design concepts, which typically means one level living, no steps into the house, wider doorways and/or spaciousness. They may want to make some floor plan additions or modifications to accommodate an aging parent who will eventually move into their home, or simply to allow their home to become more “visitable” by a friend or family member with mobility issues.
2. Aging in Place with Progressive Condition-Based Needs
This includes those who have a chronic or progressive condition that requires special modifications to allow them to age in place. The members of this segment are usually aware of their needs but addressing them is not necessarily urgent.
Based on 2000 Census data, the International Center for Disability Information reports that 19% of the population age 16 to 64, and 42% of those 65 and over have a physical disability that limits activities of daily living.
For the progressive condition, long-term home modifications are necessary. The modifications may need to be adaptable in relation to the changing condition. Some of these conditions may include arthritis, emphysema or COPD, osteoporosis, sensory impairments, Alzheimer’s disease , or dementia, but, for the younger person may also include severe brain injury, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, or any number of other conditions. Clients within this segment have extensive experience with trying to work around barriers in their home. They likely have specific home modification needs in mind and may suggest which particular home mobility products they prefer. Physical or occupational therapists working with the client often help to identify effective solutions.
3. Aging in Place with Traumatic Change Needs
This segment includes people who have experienced an abrupt or traumatic change that necessitates immediate home modifications. They have recently experienced an abrupt or dramatic change in their health. Clear options are important to help relieve the overwhelming stress faced by families in this situation. Given the sudden nature of their circumstances, they are much less likely than the progressive condition person to fully understand their needs, and thus have a more immediate need for an assessment. Some examples of conditions that may require emergency response include stroke, fall which results in a broken hip, heart attack, surgery, severe respiratory infections, sudden loss of vision or hearing. In this case, it is critical for us to work with a health professional such as physical and occupational therapist and home health care providers to provide the most appropriate solutions.
A Holistic Approach
HomeSafe Mobility’s in-home assessments are comprehensive and holistic in their scope and conducted with the above described segments in mind. Because no two people or homes are the same, we first seek to learn the details of each person within the home, their own individual situations and challenges. We will then tour the home, and, based upon the information acquired in the initial interview, identify areas of concern which may hinder safety or mobility. Finally we will offer solutions which will allow each person in the home to regain a sense of confidence and freedom in their home.
Contact us to schedule your free home mobility assessment today!