Helping Seniors Help Themselves

A program dubbed CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) has successfully assisted seniors in Maryland and Michigan to stay in their own homes and function independently - to age at home. Seniors work with nurses and techs, setting specific goals for each individual and helping them succeed.

 

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Senior goals might include being able to walk to the car by themselves, with action steps like creating a level walking path and adding handrails where needed. Seniors might want the ability to use the toilet and bathe themselves independently, converting an existing bathroom into a shower room with ADA-height toilet and sinks, and/or grab bars and lifts. Goals and action plans are based on client wants, needs, and budget parameters. The program has already saved state-funded Medicaid plans $10,000 or better in Michigan and Maryland, making it beneficial for seniors, their families, and the state’s taxpayers.

 

Aging at home means keeping your independence - making a plan to ensure that your home allows you to continue to live as you prefer, for as long as possible. You make the decisions now to determine how you live the years ahead, considering your wants and needs now and later. Programs like CAPABLE are helping seniors become independent, and stay that way. We believe in working with seniors and their families, their caregivers, helping you determine what’s needed in the home to help you and your loved ones maintain your independence and way of life for as long as possible.

Aging in Place Tech Makes Aging at Home Attainable

Making the decision to Age at Home, or Age in Place, means investing time and money into your home. It's an investment worth making to ensure your lifestyle and your preferences continue as you get older. But according to a Washington Post piece, technology has graciously caught up with some specific aging in place needs, making it just a little bit easier and a little bit less expensive to age at home.

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Sensors are available that detect movement in the house, letting you or a loved one know that you're okay. Prescription medications can be monitored and properly dispensed with a smart pill counter. Healthcare in general is easier with doctors on call through face time and the like via computer. Security is maintained with smart home technology, keeping us safe from would-be intruders. Electricity, home comforts like air conditioning and heat, appliances, and water can all be managed with smart home tech as well, allowing for hands-free living. 

We all remember the "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up" commercial, but falls are an extremely common, potentially life-threatening (and certainly lifestyle changing) issue in senior homes, and the sooner medical care can find you and assist, the better. Wearable tech can alert emergency services immediately and ensure you're well on your way to receiving help.

Bottom line: aging at home means more than just building and construction changes -- it means making sure your space is set up to keep you safe and comfortable, and technology can be a big part of that.