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A Balancing Act: Simple Steps to Help
Seniors See the Need for Home Modifications
By Mary Becker-Omvig, MS, OTR/Lfa
Because investigating resources can be
the biggest obstacle a person faces when considering
home modifications, becoming aware of different products
and services can really help to facilitate this process.
Subscribing to a catalogue that carries home
modification products is a good idea and can easily be
found by conducting a quick “Google” search on the
subject. If you find something you think might be
immediately useful, try introducing the idea of change
in the form of a gift, like a new bathmat with non-skid
backing. Or, if some regular home maintenance is already
being performed, include handrails, if necessary, as
part of that project.
Community resources, like area agencies on aging, can be
enormously helpful and are good places to start. These
agencies may be knowledgeable about products and local
services that can help with home modifications and offer
referrals on aging resources – both subsidized and
Sometimes, resources may be in your own back yard.
Neighbors and friends who have successfully adopted
changes can be great role models.