Being a caregiver can be an honorable and rewarding experience, but it can also come with stress and uncertainty as we try to navigate caring for the older adults in our lives. With 1 in 5 American adults taking on the role of family caregiver, it is important to explore best practices and resources available that can help take the stress off caregivers while still providing quality care for aging adults.
According to AARP’s 2021 Home and Community Preferences Survey, “three-quarters of U.S. adults age 50 and older want to stay in their current homes for as long as possible.”
When it comes to a safe living environment for older adults, modifications of the home may be necessary such as having a step-free entryway, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, and accessibility features around the home. It is important to ensure older adults live in a home environment that will reduce the risk of slips and falls and will have easy accessibility to call for help if case of emergencies.
To learn more about low-cost safety tips, accessible home modifications, and expert advice on home modifications, read AARP’s article on “How to Make a Home Safe for Your Aging Parent.”
To learn more about programs and agencies that can assist you and your loved ones in staying healthy, active and independent in your their home, take a look at our Aging in Place resources.