A Presentation to Help You Age Safely in Your Home
Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, I had a full schedule of community presentations on topics like Gadgets for Better Living, Personal Safety, Effective Communication Strategies for People with Dementia, and Safe Aging in Place, to name a few. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to present the last topic to an active, tech-savvy group of seniors associated with the North Liberty Community Center who were interested in learning how to live in their own home for as long as possible, which has become increasingly important in light of COVID-19. The Special Projects Coordinator, Angela McConville, helped me get set up with the Zoom meeting website and the presentation came off without a hitch! It was organized room-by-room discussing adaptive equipment that might be useful in that room as well as a variety of modifications that can be done to ensure safety. Everything from removing throw rugs to creating wider, zero-entry doorways to better accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, all depending on someone’s budget. Scott Hawes of Johnson County Habitat for Humanity also joined the discussion and he had some additional thoughts on modifying your home to safely age in place. He stressed the importance of working with reputable contractors who are well-versed in home remodeling for seniors, someone who asks a lot of questions regarding YOUR goals rather than telling you what to do. He also said it is beneficial for that contractor to partner with another professional, like a physical therapist, to assess your home together.
I am a physical therapist and would be happy to offer my home assessment services, free of charge! Check out the Zoom meeting posted here to learn more!
Safe Aging in Place Presentation
Learn ways to modify your home as you age to stay independent and safe.