Medical conditions bring with them specific physiological and neurological challenges that can be addressed and remedied, making home a safe place to be.
Home modifications for COPD/Cardiac Conditions
“I was so ready to get home after rehab for my heart attack. I was doing really well and my energy was up, but when I came home, the stairs wiped me out. Live In Place made changes that have helped me return to the activities I love and to stay in my home.” – Bernie C.
Following a cardiac or COPD episode, the most common question is: “How can I get my life back to normal and preserve as much of my daily routine as possible?” The first step is making surroundings safe and addressing activities that may challenge breathing.
Cardiac and respiratory issues—which bring on body weakness and fatigue—change the way a person interacts with their home. Luckily, simple modifications can often enhance independence and quality of life.
Our Certified-aging-in-place specialist will explain important principles regarding energy conservation, work simplification, good body mechanics, and—always—fall prevention. Basic rule: When fatigue occurs, falls happen. We help put measures in place to prevent falls and offset the challenges of fatigue.
Parkinson's Disease, MS, and ALS Modifications
“It is nice to have this opportunity to thank you again for the fine ideas and excellent execution. We are grateful every day for all you did in making our home safer for us to age in place. The second banister is wonderful, and the bathrooms are again no scary place.” – Marilyn & Dave Taylor
Many people are surprised to learn that those afflicted with significant neurological conditions can live their entire lives in the familiar, comforting surroundings of their own home. It’s true!
Yet changes in muscle tone, balance deficits, and daily energy affect the ability to function in the home. Combined with normal aging issues, this creates multiple considerations that Live in Place can address to improve the quality of life and help your loved one thrive again.
Home modifications can help alleviate your concerns for safety and mobility. A fall will only complicate your situation, but there are ways to avoid that happening.
Live In Place will assess your home for:
Mobility within the home
Energy conservation during daily activities
Safety within the home
Upon the onset or development of MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease, or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), clients may face many questions:
How do I get to different levels of my home?
How can I continue to get off the toilet and use the shower safely?
Will I be able to enter and exit my home safely?
Will I have the energy to do the things I desire to do?
We provide the professional home modification, good information, and education your loved one needs to remain independent and in the family home.
Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
We help loved ones be independent, safe, and mobile in the home. After a brain-related incident, people can experience:
Difficulty with balance
Working with cognitive changes
Paralysis and Paresis
Our Certified Aging-in-place specialist will conduct a thorough home assessment and will evaluate:
Mobility, both entering and within the home
Safety factors for fall prevention, including assessment of entryways, stairs, and bathroom safety
Assisted devices that may be needed to allow greater independence
Again, fall prevention and optimal rehabilitation are primary concerns. We support helping loved ones recuperate in the family home, so they can go beyond survival and thrive again.
Home Modifications for Arthritis
Arthritis brings with it significant mobility and safety issues. Balance is affected by tight joints and arthritic limitations in the joints can affect walking, transitioning from sitting to standing, and general movement.
Standing may be painful, and many individuals may need immediate aid with stability every time they stand up.
Home modifications can enhance the quality of life for those who suffer from various forms of arthritis or osteoporosis, including:
Grab bars (showers and entrance doors)
Raised toilet seat with rails
Our Certified-aging-in-place specialist can educate the family on home modifications, joint protection, good body mechanics, and energy conservation.
Spine conditions often require modifications in many areas of the home. We understand these conditions and have been able to help families remain in their homes in familiar surroundings, with independence and mobility.
Challenges can include:
Strength deficits throughout the body, affecting your loved one's ability to perform daily activities
Pain that can cause muscle fatigue
Numbness that affects stability and safety
Basic tasks that have become difficult and painful
Spinal pain affecting your loved one's ability to handle normal tasks throughout the day and sleep at night
Our Certified Aging-in-place specialist will assess what modifications are needed to get out of bed, use the bathroom, move around the home, use the kitchen—all the while avoiding the bending and twisting that can cause pain and risk of falling.
In addition, we educate families concerning many important aspects, such as:
Spinal education about how to stay independent in the home
How good use of body mechanics can help prevent falls
How supports help
How items around the home can be placed so lifting is minimized
We continue to work with you to help you minimize pain and inflammation flare-ups while achieving your greatest level of independence.