Stay-at-Home with Modification

You are fully independent but a few important activities, bathing and toileting in particular, have become more challenging. You want to take sensible steps to prevent injury that could accelerate loss of independence.

A few modifications to your home environment can make a big impact on sustaining your independence. The most common features installed include grab rails in the shower and adjacent to the toilet. Benches for seated showers and raised toilets are also common choices. Discuss your feelings and concerns with loved ones. Some seniors with a strong desire to remain at home as their independence declines have home-environment and financial resources to make the indefinite at-home option feasible. This option may ultimately include the need for professional caregivers and housekeeping assistance to be involved in the home. The juncture of installing your first modifications is a great time to involve your loved ones in a discussion about your future. This discussion should assess your financial resources, including insurance you have and can afford to keep, and which options for the future they can support.