At Home For Life
At Home For Life
Remain in your own home longer, safely, comfortably and independently with an At Home for Life Residential Assessment. As we age it is important that we take proactive steps to allow us to remain in our own homes, continue to make independent choices and maintain control over our lives. Learning how to make necessary modifications to your home can help you reach those goals.
Research indicates that personal happiness later in life is highly dependent on an individual’s continued physical activity and involvement in activities of daily living.
The National Aging in Place Council defines aging in place as “the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means living in a familiar environment and being able to participate in family and other community activities”. AARP, based on its research, notes that “more than 75% of seniors prefer to age in place; staying in their own homes, continuing to make independent choices and maintain control over their lives.”
We often desire to remain in our homes where we raised our families and created so many wonderful memories. One major stumbling block that often derails such plans is our declining physical and cognitive abilities. As we age we must adapt to the challenges of performing the activities of daily living that we take for granted such as climbing stairs, bathing, meal preparation and managing the house.
Enhance your ability to overcome some of these challenges and more successfully access and navigate all areas of your home with an At Home for Life Residential Assessment.
What to Expect from your At Home for Life Residential Assessment
The At Home for Life Residential Assessment starts with a detailed in-depth analysis of your home. We will accompany you on a walking tour to observe how you exit and enter your home and mobilize from room to room.
We will evaluate your current living conditions and the safety and accessibility of significant areas of your home including, but not limited to:
- Laundry Area
The At Home for Life Residential Assessment will culminate in the creation of a personalized At Home for Life Plan. This will outline how your environment impacts your ability to function at home and provide recommendations to overcome common obstacles. We will return to your home to present your detailed personalized plan that will include specific recommendations for:
- Minimizing risk factors that may lead to falls
- Adaptive equipment to increase independence and maximize functional mobility and safety
- Home modifications utilizing Universal Design Concepts
Some modifications are as simple as switching your current door knobs to lever handles. Watch Bailey open the bathroom door!!
Along with the At Home for Life Plan you will also receive the At Home for Life Resource Binder an invaluable resource to help create the safest possible environment in which to live. The binder contains resources to help implement the plan including:
- Names and contact information for small/large contractors
- Where to buy recommended equipment along with regional price quotes
- Community resources
- Home Safety Checklist
- Fall Prevention Tip Sheet
- Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
- Document Organizing Tip Sheet
- In Home Health Care Recommendations
How much does it cost to stay At Home for Life?
The total cost for the At Home for Life Residential Assessment is $350.00 and includes the following:
- An initial visit to conduct the in-depth residential assessment
- The creation of a personalized At Home for Life Plan
- A return visit to review and explain the results of the assessment and detailed plan
- The At Home for Life Resource Binder teach
Don’t wait for an injury or accident to happen! Be proactive and empower yourself to live safely in your home. Lynda Shrager has focused her Occupational Therapy practice on geriatrics and healthy aging and is qualified and skilled to analyze your living situation and support systems, make recommendations for home modifications and assess residential safety hazards based on each client’s specific needs. Her goal is to promote maximum functionality, safety, independent living and quality of life.
Lynda offers additional services at an hourly rate of $75.
- Organizing and decluttering your home
- Developing a best–use, barrier free design for living
- Maximizing kitchen, bathroom and bedroom space
- Organizing closets and cabinets to ensure easy access and optimum use of space
- Health organizing including medication management, creating a health care notebook and recommendations for managing a chronic illness
Whether your personalized At Home for Life Plan recommends minor alterations or specially designed renovations, the concepts of Universal Design are important to incorporate into any residential remodeling. Universal design is the creation of products and environments that are usable by all people without the need for special adaptations. It is a broad spectrum solution geared toward everyone, not just seniors or people with disabilities. The ideal solution incorporates the concept of “visitability”, which requires a house to have a basic level of accessibility so that all may visit including grandparents, young children and anyone with a disability.
No matter what your age or current level of physical or mental ability, if you are renovating your current home Lynda will show you what to look for and how to incorporate the concepts of Universal Design to accomplish your goals in an attractive and visually appealing presentation. Lynda can also facilitate the project by working with your contractors and architects.
Contact Lynda Shrager to schedule your At Home for Life Assessment and to discuss additional organizing services.
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