Sunday, June 21, 2009

Is your home fit for aging in place?

A vital part of home care is ensuring the home is a safe, user-friendly place to live. Making a home fit for older adults involves more than just brightening dim lighting and preventing falls. Does your shower require you to step (or roll) over a ledge to enter? Or does it provide smooth entry from the bathroom to the interior? Do tubs and toilets have grab-bars to assist standing up? Are appliances easy to use and easily accessible?

A growing field, called Universal Design, directs home designers to put all the elements in a home that make it livable for anyone. One subspecialty of Universal Design is design for aging in place. Engineers, architects, contractors, and other home builders can study to become Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), trained to make a house a home for a lifetime. These specialists will often come to your home to evaluate the best steps you can take to make your home suitable to meet all occupants' needs.

Outfitting your home for aging in place doesn't have to be expensive. You can find simple solutions like adding more light, installing motion sensors for lights, putting telephones within easy reach, and installing lever-type handles on doors and faucets. To assist invidivuals with poor eyesight or arthritic fingers, consider buying big-button remote controls and computer keyboards, and big-handled kitchen utensils. '

Lever Door Handles Discounted 15% through Honolulu Home Care

In a generous partnership with Honolulu Home Care, The Key Guy 24 Hour Locksmith Services has agreed to give a 15% discount for installation of lever-type door handles. Lever-type handles are easier to manipulate for inviduals of all abilities. The Key Guy stocks a wide range of levered handles suitable for interior and exterior doors.

You don't have to be a Honolulu Home Care client to receive this special offer. Just mention it when you call The Key Guy at 808-377-4999, or visit their website for more information.

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