Now Five Useful Resources to Assist with Aging in Place.

Aging in one’s own home is a dream of many people. Photo from SFGate.

And at the bottom of this blog, please see links to past blogs about aging, senior workers and continuing careers!

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.

A ramp like this one is included in the several items suggested by retirementliving.com

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.

Five Tips and Best Practices for Engaging Senior Talent Through Job Sharing – Part 1 and Part 2

Village Hearth – an innovation in LGBTA senior living!

Five Tips and Best Practices for Engaging Senior Talent Through Job Sharing – Part 2

Rev Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson and Rev. Vickie Miller are two experienced pastors featured in the job sharing case study in part 1 of this blog.

Many of us continue to read about the growing labor shortage across the US, especially as the number of younger trained professionals entering the workforce is far less that the huge numbers of retiring “baby boomers” born between 1946 – 1965. One way of addressing this shortage is better utilization of the mature worker, many who may not be ready for full retirement.

Great ways of utilizing this excellent source of skilled resource is part time work or sharing a full time position between two or more part time mature workers. In part 1 of this series, I presented a case study of a church in Florida which recently hired two part-time pastors to fill what was initially publicized as a single full time senior pastor position.

Please read part 1 – this interview with Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, one of the pastors who took half of this senior pastor job.

Now I would like to offer five tips / best practices / advantages for hiring two part people to fill one full time position, the first four coming from the case study shared in the blog part 1:

1) Seek complementary skills from the two candidates. Take advantage of this opportunity of getting two people for the price of one. When hiring one single person, you may often need to weigh each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses to another, but with two people, you can bring in two different sets of skills and also cover the weaknesses one person may have.

2) Do make sure that both people can team well and work together. In some cases, the two candidates may have a prior working or personal relationship and know they can work together. In other cases, you may need to interview the two candidates together and also contact references to specifically discuss how well each person works with others.
3) Realize that the cost may be a little more than the original budget for the one person. Often mature experienced workers will required a somewhat higher pay than an inexperienced person, and each may want to work a little more than 20 hours a week. But you may also save some on benefits (employees over 65 could be on Medicare), and you will probably get a lot more value in terms of knowledge, hard work and dedication from these employees

4) Have a plan in place in case one of the pair leaves or retires. You could ask that each person give you two months notice before leaving as part of the agreement to give you time to backfill. You could also ask the remaining part timer to work full time temporarily to pick up the slack, and also involve them in the hiring process of the new “second half.”

5) In addition to seeking outside candidates, consider the mature workers you currently have on board. Some may welcome a shared part time position as an ideal transition between working full time and full time retirement.

Do think creatively! I do hope this two part series is both inspirational and practical in terms of addressing alternatives to employment resources.