Fortify Your Ability to Remain Independent at Home

As we age, the challenge to stay in our home can sometimes be the day-to-day activities we now find more difficult. Things like cleaning, scheduling appointments, managing medication, preparing a meal, maintaining a yard, or caregiving should not be reasons we can no longer live there.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Is my home safe?
  • Am I comfortable in my home?
  • Do I have access to transportation?
  • Do I feel isolated?
  • Can I afford it?

To answer these questions, there is a reliable network of agencies and organizations that specialize in helping seniors live in the community and residence of their choice. The backbone of this network are the Area  Agencies on Aging who provide us with reliable information, resources and services.

Additionally, below, we can find links to services and supports that are specific to Staying at Home, and to the right are Quick Tips that are updated periodically.

Quick Tips

Making your home safe::

  • Provide rails and grab bars
  • Secure loose rugs
  • Install non-slip mats
  • Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Avoid spills and burns by ensuring pot handles are not pointing outward on the stove
  • Ensuring medication is properly marked and dispensed
  • See— a free “Aging in Place”  resource dedicated to providing useful information to help older adults and those care for them

Bringing nutrition & interaction to homebound seniors

Reducing food insecurity through monthly food boxes

Offering assistance to those who assist others

Reducing isolation & increasing independence in local communities

Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place”

Enhancing employability for those needing to re-enter the workforce

Bringing awareness of Medicare  cost-saving programs to participants

Undertaking everyday duties that have become difficult to complete

Performing the heavy lifting of home maintenance & repairs

Providing critical periods of rest for caregivers

The average % of monthly income used for housing is 35%

Building system to support the knowledge & skills necessary to address dementia