NOTE: Update September, 2019 – a 5th resource added to this blog, “Making the World Safer for Senior Citizens – An Injury Prevention Guide” from Seniorliving.org.
As a diversity and career development consultant with an active blog (average 3 posts per month for over seven years!), people in the community often discover my blog and then send me information to assist one or more diverse constituencies.
Last month I included a blog with social security benefits information for same-gender married couples (link) since that is brand new to many people in the USA. And this month, I am providing four useful resources graciously provided by publichealthlibrary.org to assist seniors who may be starting to experience physical challenges to remain in their homes longer. The publichealthlibrary.org is “a project by some premedical students who love the opportunity to geek out with medicine and technology while serving the community.”
Aging in place is a dream for many seniors. Of course, the older we get, the more likely we are to be living with some form of a physical disability, meaning our homes will likely need some changes in order to allow us to remain there for as long as possible.
But don’t worry: publichealthlibrary.org has compiled a great list of helpful resources with links that will help you understand how to assess your needs as a disabled senior, and create a financial plan and make modifications accordingly.
• Guide to Room-by-Room Repairs for Easy Accessibility for Disabled Loved Ones. This handy guide will help you make an accessibility plan for your bathrooms, kitchen and yard – three of the most treacherous places for individuals with disabilities.• 11 Low-Cost Aging in Place Modifications You Can Do Yourself. Fortunately, not every safety upgrade requires an arm and a leg, and many can be done DIY!
• Senior’s Guide to Paying for At-Home Long-Term Care: How Your Home Can be a Great Asset. Your home can actually be a great tool for paying for any needed accessibility modifications – without having to sell it! This guide offers seniors ideas for funding options their home can provide to pay for both minor and major updates.
• How to Make & Pay for Home Modifications to Enable Aging in Place. In addition to your actual home, there are more options than you might be aware of to fund safety upgrades. This guide offers lots of helpful tips and links to other resources for helping you fund your home modifications.
This list only scratches the surface of this topic, of course, and as an advocate for people of all ages with disabilities, we’re here to help. If you have questions on how to make your home a safe space for your Golden Years, please feel free to further explore publichealthlibrary.org
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Links to blogs I wrote earlier about aging with a focus on the workplace:
Three parts series and aging in the workplace:
Part 1 – The Diversity of Aging – General Life and Workplace Overview.
Part 2 – Aging and intersection with LGBT
Part 3 – Aging and considerations for the workplace.