Audrey Miller: People are reluctant to leave home, right? Once we've lived in our own home for fifty, sixty years, it's very, very difficult to contemplate a move.
Florence: Just the thought of making a move, and getting rid of all the things that were memorable to me -
AM: So we look at trying to keep seniors in their own homes for as long as possible.
Lori Eisen: Home safety is important because seniors who are not safe in their home would be prone to injuries and falls and that could lead them to being hospitalized, and then leaving the home that they want to stay in.
AM: There's some things you can do yourself. You can call the public sector or you can hire someone privately to come in and assess your home.
LE: I work with people of all ages to empower them, to have the skills that they need to stay in their home safely.
AM: So, falls - the number one reason that seniors are admitted into hospital, with the bathroom being the deadliest room in the house.
LE: There are some permanently installed grab bars, which get actually screwed in and fastened to the tile.
Florence: I'm very comfortable that I have bars there.
LE: Another useful piece of equipment that is very easy to install, not expensive, and can be removed quite easily as well, is a raised toilet seat with arms. To put it on, you just lift the seat of your toilet, place the seat inside the toilet bowl, and use the clamp to lock it into place.
AM: So, falls prevention is really important. Remove scatter rugs, remove tripping hazards - electrical cords, phone cords. Lighting - a big, big issue. I like night lights, so that the home is well lit, especially the passageway from the bathroom to the bedroom.
LE: So, some areas that people have challenges with are in the bedroom. Getting up and down off the bed.
LE: So, a simple piece of equipment that's not expensive, and very easy to assemble, is a bed rail. And these just sit underneath your mattress.
Demi Economou: Well, if you are looking to make some changes and renovations in your home, I recommend that you speak with a bank to talk about your finances. Do we need to change something in your budget? Or do we need to set up some additional borrowing to be able to make the appropriate renovations in the home, to keep you there longer? Your bank advisor can help you find the best solution for your needs, and may have some thoughts or recommendations that you haven't considered.
AM: A few minor things may make a difference for someone being able to stay safe or not.