For Seniors, Simple Home Fixes Can Be Life-Changing
A new program brings in both handymen and occupational therapists to help those who want to age in their own homes.
The Associated Press:
Handymen, Home Care Helps Seniors Trying To Age In Place
Where you live plays a big role in staying independent as you age. Now researchers say an innovative program that combined home fix-ups and visits from occupational therapists and nurses improved low-income seniors' ability to care for themselves in their own homes. Still to be answered is whether that better daily functioning also saves taxpayer dollars — by helping enough older adults with chronic health problems avoid costly hospital or nursing home stays. (Neergaard, 9/8)
Kaiser Health News:
Study Finds Benefits When Seniors Call Shots To Help Them
A federally funded project that researchers say has potential to promote aging in place began by asking low-income seniors with disabilities how their lives at home could be better, according to a study released Wednesday. At the end of the program, 75 percent of participants were able to perform more daily activities than they could before and symptoms of depression also improved, the researchers said in the journal Health Affairs. Called Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders, or CAPABLE for short, the program was funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. (Bluth, 9/7)