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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Aging-In-Place

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Aging-In-Place

Oct 09, 2023

Aging-In-Place is the most affordable option for most people and allows seniors and older adults to maintain their independence and stay engaged as you get to live in the home you love, surrounded by many happy memories. Making home modifications involves identifying and implementing changes to the living environment to enhance safety, accessibility, and overall well-being.

Knowing where to start and what changes to make can be difficult. The team at AIP Mobility Plus in Chatham are certified aging-in-place specialists. Call us today for a free home safety and mobility assessment!

Here are a few steps and considerations for achieving these goals:

  • Assessment by Professionals: Engage AIP Mobility Plus with expertise in home assessments. We can evaluate the specific needs of the individual and recommend appropriate modifications.
  • Identify Needs: Conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify the unique needs and limitations of the older adult or person with disabilities. Consider mobility challenges, sensory impairments, cognitive impairments, and other factors.
  • Prioritize Modifications: Determine which modifications are most critical for improving safety and quality of life. Prioritize modifications based on urgency and impact.
  • Accessibility Improvements: Ensure that the home is accessible. This may include stairlifts, installing ramps, widening doorways, and creating barrier-free entrances especially in the bathroom.
  • Bathroom Modifications: Bathrooms are common areas for modifications. Install grab bars, non-slip flooring, raised toilet seats, and accessible showers or tubs to prevent falls and improve hygiene.
  • Kitchen Modifications: In the kitchen, lower countertops and install pull-out shelves to make cooking and meal preparation more accessible. Consider lever handles on faucets for easier use.
  • Bedroom and Living Area: Make sure the bedroom and living areas are well-lit and free of tripping hazards. Adjustable beds or bed rails can enhance safety and comfort.
  • Technology Integration: Integrate smart home technology, such as voice-activated devices, to control lighting, temperature, and security. These technologies can enhance independence.
  • Fall Prevention: Implement fall prevention measures like removing loose rugs, ensuring good lighting, and installing motion-activated lights.
  • Medication Management: Set up a system for medication management, such as pill organizers or reminders, to ensure medication adherence.
  • Emergency Response Systems: Consider installing emergency response systems (e.g., personal emergency response buttons) to provide quick access to help in case of emergencies.
  • Regular Maintenance: Keep the home in good repair. Regular maintenance is crucial to prevent hazards and ensure the longevity of modifications.
  • Education and Training: Provide education and training to the older adult or person with disabilities and their caregivers on how to use and maintain the modifications safely.
  • Financial Assistance: Explore financial assistance options such as grants, subsidies, or insurance coverage for home modifications.
  • Evaluate and Adjust: Regularly reevaluate the home modifications to ensure they continue to meet the individual's needs as their health status changes.
  • Consult with a Contractor: Work with qualified contractors or builders who specialize in home modifications to ensure that the changes are made correctly and safely.

Improving health outcomes and quality of life through home modifications requires a holistic approach that considers the specific needs and preferences of the individual. AIP Mobility Plus has years of experience and is ready to help!


Helping You Keep Your Independence at Home

AIP Mobility Plus is a Veteran owned business in Morris County, NJ that is dedicated to providing you with safer mobility at home helping you to keep your independence and stay in your own home for longer. We can provide a range of options to make your home more accessible with stair lifts, ramps, and bathroom safety options.

Call 973-607-3211 or email