Because today’s seniors wish to remain in their own home as long as it is physically possible, it is critical that their home is safe and manageable. The risk of falls increases as we age with one in three people age 65 and older falling each year. They are the leading reason for hospital admissions for trauma, fractures and injury. In addition to the initial risk presented by falls in the home, people can find themselves challenged by their surroundings after they’ve been discharged from a hospital or a rehab following an illness.
The bathroom, kitchen and stairways are areas where accidents occur frequently in the home.
While we do not provide contractor/construction services, it is important to consult with us for a Home Safety Assessment prior to having work done on your home.
Modifications can range from installing grab bars by a handyman specializing in aging, the movement of furniture and rugs, to better lighting, installing a no-step shower, chairlift, an elevator, or building a bathroom on the first floor.
While many remodeling contractors can follow the guidelines presented by the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are factors that go beyond remodeling a home. Because Individuals differ in their needs and abilities as they age, few contractors have the experience in home modifications for the elderly and families that take into account specific safety aspects necessary during the aging process.
For contractors, Úna offers knowledgeable and empathetic observation of mobility and the needs of clients in their living environment, providing greater long-term solutions and letting them focus on management and construction of the project.
A gerontologist and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Úna is trained through the Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center. With 8 years experience in providing advice using universal design concepts to adults of all ages, Úna understands both the physical and psychological aspects of home modification and can work with families and contractors alike to ensure that a parent or loved one’s time is spent in a safe, healthy home.
Contact Úna today to discuss your family’s needs.