How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades.

For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of the “oldest old” (those 85+) are dealing with at least four chronic diseases, and 25 percent have more than six.

As the senior wave grays the globe, there is a corresponding surge in the number of elderly people who need assistance with their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). But how do you know whether someone is “disabled” — and if their plan to age in place is no longer viable?

Defining “Disability”

Disability changes the landscape of senior living options. Below are the primary parameters researchers with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services use to define “disability” in the elderly. Consider these points a guide to help determine if your loved one may be disabled, or becoming disabled:

  1. Ability to manage 5 core ADLs: bathing, dressing, using the toilet, transferring from bed to chair, and feeding oneself.
  2. Ability to manage daily life tasks, known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADLs. IADLs include:
    1. preparing meals
    2. taking medications properly
    3. grocery shopping
    4. housework
    5. managing money.

Many elderly individuals do not require assistance in core ADLs, but cannot perform these IADLs without occasional or ongoing help.

  1. Cognitive functioning. Some seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, may be physically capable of performing ADL and/or IADL activities, but should not be allowed to perform them independently because of their cognitive impairments, which impede their ability to handle these tasks safely and accurately. In other words: if a senior with dementia is cooking her own meals, she may leave the stove on and accidentally set the house on fire.
  2. Impaired in an ADL, but able to perform the task with the aid of an assistive device, e.g., getting to the bathroom with the aid of a walker, or climbing into the bathtub with the aid of a grab bar.

Measuring disability is therefore not a straightforward matter. Some elders require the active assistance of another person to perform an activity; they absolutely can’t do it on their own. Others may be able to perform an activity with difficulty, but just need someone nearby in case they require assistance.

The most common approach, per the Department of Health & Human Services, is to define someone as disabled in an ADL if he or she requires the help of another person to perform the activity. Thus, elders who can manage on their own with assistive devices are generally not considered to be disabled.

How to Select the Right Assisted Living Facility

An Assisted Living community may be the answer for a senior with disabilities, because it can provide the degree of help needed, allowing the resident to maintain as much independence as possible. A residential care home might be another good option, especially if the home specializes in serving seniors with disabilities and is equipped to provide the level of care your loved one needs. The smaller, homey atmosphere can be very soothing for someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

When considering an assisted living facility or residential care home for an elder with disabilities, be sure to address the following ten questions:

  • Is the facility clean and odor-free?
  • Are the residents well groomed?
  • Do residents seem happy?
  • Are caregivers and employees engaged with the residents? Do they seem to like their work?
  • Are caregivers trained to meet the special needs of people with the disabilities my loved one has?
  • Who administers medication and attends to urgent medical needs?
  • What types of training do caregivers and other employees receive?
  • Ask to see a resident’s room or apartment. Is the space clean, and in good condition?
  • Are the common areas — kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, guest rooms — clean and well maintained?
  • Are family members and residents encouraged to stay connected?

Financial Help for Elders and the Disabled

A non-profit organization known as Elderly or Disabled Living (EDL) is a housing help service that assists seniors or people who are disabled (an applicant doesn’t need to be both) with paying a portion of their bills. Because it is a private charity, there are no waitlists or special requirements. is open to all U.S. citizens on an equal basis. An applicant may only receive financial assistance once per year, and is welcome to reapply at any time if they are not selected.


Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Wondering where to spend your silver years in? Think Kentucky, where the cost of living is 14% below the national average and there’s no tax on the first $41,000 of retirement income, pension or annuities. And while the state does produce 95% of the bourbon consumed in the US and 75% of all Kentucky Derby winners; it also boasts of a thick, unique colored grass which is why it is known as the Bluegrass state. Abundant grassy fields, natural beauty and plenty of outdoorsy activities in the form of hiking, boating and fishing – Kentucky is full of nature’s loveliness and an ideal place to just sit, kick back those shoes and watch the magic of the sky; or indulge in some Midwestern warmth, peppered with Southern hospitality… So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

Horizon Bay

901 Blankenbaker Parkway
Louisville, KY 40243

Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville can get overrun with tourists and boasts of many attractions indeed. That said, if you would like to stay in a city that never really sleeps and yet is surrounded by natural beauty, Louisville may be for you. And Horizon Bay can be an excellent choice for you since it not only gives you options for assisted living but also specializes in memory care. You are also welcome to bring a pet here and pet care will also be provided along with plenty of activities designed for the elderly to keep minds full of wisdom, happy and active.

Click here to contact us now to see if Horizon Bay may be right for you.

Atria Stony Brook

3451 South Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40299

Atria Senior Living is a leading senior care provider that offers many options for independent living, assisted living, supportive living as well as memory care communities in more than 180 locations in 28 states. At Atria Stony Brook, a wide array of services and amenities is provided in a tailored way as per the needs of each individual resident – so that you can live your life as independently as you want, with help and reassurance available at every corner. A wide array of activities coupled with caring staff along with nearby shopping and other in-town activities make this an ideal place to spend your later years in.

Click here to contact us now to see if Atria Stony Brook may be right for you.

Morningside of Bowling Green

Morningside of Bowling Green
981 Campbell Lane Bowling Green, KY 42104

Bowling Green is an excellent place to retire, and start a post-retirement business too if you are so inclined since it has low rent and labor costs, and a low unemployment rate. And if you choose Morningside of Bowling Green to make your home, you can be assured of many social, recreational, and educational activities, regular outings, restaurant-style dining but serving home-style food, an in-house salon, a games room and a well-stocked library. Along with this, there are beautifully landscaped grounds to take in some nature in with a walk, stroll or jog around the environs. A caring staff will make the sun seem brighter and the air seems crisper here as well.

Click here to contact us now to see if Morningside of Bowling Green may be right for you.

Chandler Park

2643 Chandler Dr,
Bowling Green, KY 42104, USA

At Chandler Park, residents are encouraged to be independent but a highly compassionate and trained staff is there 24/7 to take care of you. Your stay is in your choice of spacious and private one or two bedroom suites – and the staff will tailor a service plan for you targeted to meet individual needs and wants. And once you move in, meet some friends for an ice cream or a milkshake at the ice cream shop, or get your hair done at the salon, or simply take part in the many Life Enriching activities of the day. And in case your needs change, so can your plan.

Click here to contact us now to see if Chandler Park may be right for you.

Glendale Place

905 Glendale Rd,
Murray, KY 42071

Earlier known as Glendale Place, now as Brookdale Murray, is located in what could be the friendliest town in America. Brookdale Murray offers cost-effective studios, one-bedroom apartments that are cozy and comfortable to spacious two-bedroom apartments. Residents are encouraged to add their own personal touch to the apartment with decor and furnishings, to make it truly home. The community also provides plenty interactive opportunities among its residents from an old-fashioned ice cream social to a monthly family night potluck, so that no senior ever feels alone. Amenities include but are not limited to being pet-friendly, a well-stocked library, an arts-and-crafts studio, and an onsite beauty salon, a greenhouse with gardening opportunities, a game room and computer/internet access.

Click here to contact us now to see if Glendale Place may be right for you.

The Lafayette

690 Mason Headley Rd,
Lexington, KY 40504

A posh senior living community, The Lafayette’s elegant furnishings, and beautifully landscaped grounds make it a beautiful and homey place for active seniors to live the kind of lifestyle they enjoy – at home with Kentucky’s famous icons – horses and bourbon! Amenities include restaurant-style dining, full-service salon, an exercise room, a cocktail lounge, a library and reading room, as well as laundry, transportation, and housekeeping. They also have elevated gardening boxes for seniors to explore their green thumbs in comfort and of course, regular outings. The Lafayette is centrally located off Harrodsburg Road with easy access to hospitals, downtown, and a variety of excellent dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, including museums and Keeneland.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Lafayette may be right for you.

Culpepper Place

2121 New Holt Rd,
Paducah, KY 42001

So what used to be the Culpepper Place is the Brookdale Paducah now, and it’s a senior living community in one very charming city indeed! Best known for its rich quilting heritage: Paducah is also home to the National Quilt Museum of the United States and keeping this in mind, the residents of the Brookdale Paducah enjoy many outings, shopping trips, live performances, quilting classes from local artists, bridge groups and monthly special theme events, often hosted in the restaurant to make food, fun! Your choice of living can be studios, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms that are all one level and stair-free, with wall to wall carpeting and kitchenettes.

Click here to contact us now to see if Culpepper Place may be right for you.

Bluegrass Assisted Living

1108 Regency Way,
Elizabethtown, KY 42701,

With a crime rate is far below average, and quick and easy access to the beautiful Appalachians – Elizabethtown is a perfect place for seniors to live out their silver years in, especially if they choose to live at Bluegrass Assisted Living. Thi community offers different assisted living plans with their specialized plans of Foundational Support, Promotional Guidance, Motivational Living, and Enriched Reinforcement focusing on safe, secure memory care through the Alzheimer Care Enrichment Philosophy. Along with this, the apartments are brightly colored, the meals nutritious, amenities are a step above the rest and a there are a variety of engaging activities to make the residents feel completely at home within the community.

Click here to contact us now to see if Bluegrass Assisted Living may be right for you.

Regency Manor

11725 Madison Pike,
Independence, KY 41051

Health concerns are often at their peak once you start aging, and at Regency Manor, each resident gets an attending physician, licensed nurses, medical specialists, therapists, registered dietitians, activity directors, and nursing assistants – who in turn, work together in tandem to create the perfect assisted living program for you. Here, most of the residents share a room and eat their healthy meals in a central dining room. They accept pets, provide offsite devotional services and have wheelchair accessible showers. Located centrally, Regency Manor is near to many pharmacies, parks, churches and of course, the hospital to provide the best services there is to its beloved residents. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in a town called Independence!

Click here to contact us now to see if Regency Manor may be right for you.

Covington Ladies Home

702 Garrard Street
Covington, KY 41011

So here’s a senior living community with a difference – one that does not allow males! This non-profit community promotes an atmosphere of quiet dignity and individual respect, security and care for women aged 62 and above. Located in a gorgeous Victorian Mansion in the rather prestigious Licking River Historic District, it provides private rooms, 24-hour on-site nursing staff, and affordable rates along with being a smoke-free facility with 24 hours interactive family time. All this and more makes Covington Ladies Home a perfect choice for ladies above 62, looking for a safe haven with kindred spirits that they could call home and that too in a beautiful building.

Click here to contact us now to see if Covington Ladies Home may be right for you.



Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver years, with wide open spaces, lower than average taxes and a really low unemployment rate as well – a boon for those looking for a second chance at employment in their later years.

The hilly grasslands, bubbling brooks, and plenty hunting trails offer a truly diverse life after retirement and despite a pricey neighborhood or two, Kansas offers so much to anyone looking to move to a great place to spend their silver years in, with its easy pace of living. We bring you the top ten assisted living facilities in Kansas, in random order…

Watercrest at Cherry Creek

8200 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS  67207

Fancy Wichita? Famous for being known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s history is tied to aviation manufacturing and is a great place to live in. One great place for assisted living in Wichita is Watercrest at Cherry Creek (earlier known as Carrington) that offers individual climate control, an emergency call system, a secured entrance and plenty of security cameras, warm and lovely patios, balconies and independent kitchens in all apartments, 24-hour nursing staff and a great option to pay month-to-month rent, which is rather affordable too. Situated in a quiet neighborhood but fairly accessible because of its location, Watercrest offers four different floor plans and sizes of apartments to best suit your preferences.

Click here to contact us now to see if Watercrest at Cherry Creek may be right for you.

Sedgwick Plaza

2455 North Woodlawn Avenue
Wichita, KS 67220

Fancy living in a 60s style hotel – the grand ballroom, the fireplace and the ornate chandelier and all? One of the first places in Kansas to be certified as a personal care one, the luxurious apartments at Sedgwick Plaza are spacious, have plenty storage space for your memories and have large windows for you to let in the world. At Sedgwick Plaza, you are free to furnish your apartments at will, and there are plenty of activities organized by the staff for you to socialize with new faces, or hang around with the old ones… Planned exercise sessions, creative arts and crafts and diverse social opportunities such as mocktails hour, movies, bingo, and billiards make this one grand place to live indeed.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sedgwick Plaza may be right for you.

Legend at Capital Ridge

1931 SW Arvonia Pl
Topeka, KS 66615

In native American, Topeka means a good place to dig for potatoes. Green, fertile and gorgeous, Topeka is a wonderful place to retire to, especially if you plan to live at Legend at Capital Ridge – known to be one of warmest assisted living facilities in Topeka. With five distinctive apartment styles that support a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and cabinetry, a large bathroom with endless shower, an emergency call system with speaker response, phone and TV connections as well as individually controlled heating and air conditioning, topped with dog and cat acceptance – this place will provide you all that you dream of when it comes to retirement.

Click here to contact us now to see if Legend at Capital Ridge may be right for you.

The Homestead Apartments

11800 S. Shannan Street,
Olathe, KS 66062

Olathe was founded by John T. Barton, who when taken with verbena flowers asked the Shawnee tribe for their name and so the reply came ‘O-lay-thee’ ergo Olathe. The natural beauty of Olathe is stunning, more so if you decide to live at The Homestead Apartment Homes – and they rightly call themselves more of a happy community than just another assisted living facility. Rather affordable to live at, Homestead offers you all the facilities you need and more – all first floor suites with no need for stairs or elevators, three nutritionally balanced meals served daily in the dining room, 24-hour health care and emergency communication, housekeeping and personal laundry and many varied events to suit every taste and background. Topped with a lovely courtyard and lovelier environs.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Homestead Apartment Homes may be right for you.

Brookdale of Emporia

1200 W 12th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801

Home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia was named after ancient Carthage, known for economic prosperity. And if you too want to spend your silver years in the best that Emporia has to offer, think of Brookdale of Emporia (formerly known as Sterling House of Emporia) that not only offers intimate setting to provide access for individuals with limited mobility but plenty outdoor amenities such as patios, raised gardening beds, and walking paths – everything that makes a life lived so much better. Be it the furnishings or the wall treatments, everything is carefully selected to make it one of the best assisted living facilities in the state, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keeps its residents happily occupied.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale of Emporia may be right for you.

Victory Hills Retirement Community

1900 N 70th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

After a massive renovation, Victory Hills Retirement Community offers plenty amenities like covered parking and storage units and is one place where you can stay in the assisted living (floors two to five) or the independent living apartments (floors six to ten). With 14 apartments on each floor, this is a great place for anyone looking for assisted living with 24-hour nursing care, or independent living with the added comfort of medical aid just a quick call away. For assisted living, the place offers medication management, assistance with ADL’s, doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and days filled with fun activities. They accept small pets as well and are placed near the lovely Painted Hills Golf Course, if you fancy a game.

Click here to contact us now to see if Victory Hills Retirement Community may be right for you.

River Bend by Americare

3820 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530

So Great Bend is another great city in Kansas to think about after retirement with its wetlands, a water park and a really great zoo and a really lovable hometown, old school charm. River Bend by Americare is one of the best assisted living facilities in Great Bend, offering a really active lifestyle for its residents with a morning exercise club, a bridge club for the cards oriented and tons of social entertainment as well – in-house musicians, food galore and incredible entertainment. With eggs, the way you like them for breakfast, plenty of comfort foods and all at affordable prices – think of River Bend as simply the place to be, once you want to live a life of leisure, with medical care a back and call away.

Click here to contact us now to see if River Bend by Americare may be right for you.

Sunrise at Lenexa

15055 West 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66215

If you are looking for a place with pets, how about Sunrise at Lenexa, that has its own dog and cat? With a very homey feel to its exterior and plenty flower beds that also brighten up the interiors, along with the fresh and smiling faces of the staff – Sunrise at Lenexa would feel just like home. Adjacent to a park with a lake and walking paths; and close to Hen House, Walgreens, Legler Barn Museum and multiple other restaurants, shops and houses of worship – Sunrise at Lenexa is wonderfully located to give you the most active life at a price that won’t pinch your pocket! They also boast of a special neighborhood for the memory impaired and basically do everyting they can to improve the life of every resident that decides to live with them.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sunrise at Lenexa may be right for you.

Brookdale at Liberal Springs

1500 Terrace Ave
Liberal, KS 67901

Peaceful settings, a restaurant style dining experience that serves home-style meals, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and a staff that tries its best to see a smile on your face, goes towards making Brookdale at Liberal Springs a wonderful living environment. Special events, activities, clubs and many an ongoing cultural enrichment program ensure that all the residents lead a happy social life. Four acres of beautifully landscaped land with gorgeous walking paths, Brookdale is near to the Southwest Medical Center, a rehabilitation facility, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, making it a lovely and convenient option for residents and family members as well.  residents.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale at Liberal Springs may be right for you.

Waldron Place

1700 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Waldron Place Assisted Living by Americare is a very peaceful assisted living residence, right next to a hospital and a clinic. It also has the added advantage of being ideally situated near many other medical facilities as well the mall, Wal-Mart, and grocery store. Any and all assistance is provided, letting the residents or “neighbors” live as gracefully as possible, leading as independent or as assisted life as needed. Social events are often organized to encourage people to meet-up with each other, to live full lives and to be as happily active as they can be, in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.

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The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to their homes to make it easier for them to age in place. This information led us to investigate which home improvements and modifications are the most popular among seniors and retirees to make aging in place more comfortable and convenient for them. Some home improvements are much more costly than others, but they all make it easier for seniors and retirees to age in place.

Stair Lifts

One of the most popular home improvements for seniors and retirees is installing a stair lift. the stairs to upper floors often becomes difficult for older Americans, as they may develop muscle weakness and instability. Seniors also find it easier to carry laundry up and down the stairs when riding on a stair lift. Stair lifts carry a hefty price tag, but they are a less expensive option than installing elevators, which can cost as much as $30,000. Most stair lifts require custom-fit tracks for staircases, so it is a good idea to have them professionally installed.

Walk-In Bathtubs

Seniors and retirees may find it difficult to climb in and out of the bathtub. One of the more popular home improvements to solve this challenge is installing a walk-in bathtub. Over the years, walk-in tubs have become more convenient or luxurious, with some featuring quick drains and others featuring air massage systems with therapeutic jets. Another option is to install a walk-in shower and tub combination.

Bathroom Grab Bars and Safety Rails

There are a number of grab bars and safety rails available that can make the bathroom safer for seniors and retirees. Grab bars may be located on the bathtub and next to the toilet, and safety rails and safety frames may be installed on the commode to give seniors something to hold on to while transferring to and from the bathtub and toilet. Bathroom grab bars and safety rails are especially helpful for seniors who have trouble with balance or who are unsteady on their feet. Retirees who worry about slipping in the shower appreciate the added peace of mind that shower handles provide.

Lever-Style Door Handles

As seniors and retirees develop arthritis and lose some grip strength, they choose to replace their round doorknobs with lever-style door handles. Lever-style door handles do not require the same level of grip that traditional round doorknobs do, so they ease the level of difficulty seniors and retirees face when opening doors in their homes. Lever-style door handles are available for interior and exterior doors, and some feature unique push-pull mechanisms to make them even easier and more convenient for seniors.

Motorized or Automated Blinds

It can be difficult for seniors and retirees to operate blinds. An increasingly popular home improvement is installing motorized or automated blinds, complete with remote controls. These window treatments allow seniors and retirees to control their blinds without standing up, reaching across furniture, and reaching up high or bending low to make adjustments. Because of their custom nature, motorized or automated blinds should be measured and installed by a professional.

Many seniors and retirees invest in home improvements because they prefer to remain in their own homes and age in place as long as possible. While home improvements may seem costly at first, seniors and retirees soon realize that making some improvements to their homes for added safety, convenience, and comfort is well worth the investment.

About the Author

Angela Stringfellow is an author from Snappy Services. Snappy is an electrical, heating and air (HVAC), & plumbing services company in Georgia. You can learn more about the services offered by Snappy in some of their most popular areas by following the links below:

5 Must-Have Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place

As reported by AARP, 80% of seniors have a firm plan to age in place. There are some home modifications that should be completed to make aging in place more possible for older adults, though. These modifications are a proactive approach to increasing the level of safety in the home, and they often add convenience and comfort for seniors as well. While there are sometimes high costs associated with modifying homes to enable seniors to age in place, many older adults are happy to incur these expenses to fulfill their wish to remain in their own homes.

Widen Doorways

If a senior relies on mobility aids, such as a walker or wheelchair, to navigate through her home, widening doorways is a must-have home modification. Depending on the insulation and placement of electrical switches and outlets in the home, costs vary greatly for widening doorways.

Install Ramps

Exterior stairs may be a challenge for seniors who are unsteady on stairs or who have balance issues, so installing ramps is a necessary home modification that is well worth the cost to provide greater independence. contractors are trained in building and installing ramps of the correct height and rise for seniors.

Indoor threshold ramps are also necessary home modifications for older adults who use wheelchairs. These indoor ramps provide smooth transitions from one surface to another, making it safer to navigate throughout the home. The threshold ramps often are constructed of rubber, so they’re easily adjustable to accommodate the step or door jamb height that is involved in the transition.

Kitchen Modifications

As seniors age, they may find that their appliances are no longer in ideal locations and that their countertops and cabinetry are too high, especially if they are in a wheelchair. Professional contractors may need to come in and adjust the counter height and lower the sink, to allow for easier access from a seated position. Additionally, seniors aging in place often find it easier when microwaves are placed in microwave stands, as opposed to being at the back of the counter or in raised microwave cabinets.

Shower and Bathtub Modifications

A senior opting to age in place also should consider home modifications for the bathroom, particularly the bathtub. One option is to replace the bathtub with a walk-in shower, which provides much easier (and safer) entry and exit than a bathtub. A second bathroom modification option is to replace a traditional bathtub with a walk-in tub.

If a senior wants to keep his existing bathtub, or cannot afford to replace it, there are less expensive modifications that can be made to prevent slips and falls in the bathtub. One modification is to add a safety bar to the tub, while another is to install safety strips. Both of these simple modifications can help prevent slips and falls in the bathtub.

Yet another modification for the bathtub, which is less expensive than replacing the or shower, is to purchase a bathtub transfer bench. Transfer benches straddle the side of the bathtub, enabling seniors to sit safely on the bench while getting into the tub by lifting each leg, one at a time, over the bathtub wall. Getting into the tub while seated greatly reduces the risk of dangerous slips and falls for seniors. Some seniors who cannot spare the required bathroom floor space for bathtub transfer bench legs opt for bathtub chairs, which sit completely inside the bathtub. Seniors may be able to turn around and sit on the chair with both legs outside of the tub and then lift one leg at a time over the tub wall while seated.

Flooring Modifications

Flooring is another consideration for older adults making home modifications with the goal of aging in place. The first step is to evaluate the home’s existing floors. If the carpet is older and shaggy, you may want to consider replacing it with new carpeting that has a shorter nap. Seniors are less likely to trip on shorter-nap carpeting, and it’s also more suitable for seniors who navigate through the home with the use of a walker or wheelchair.

Hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl floors are smooth and may allow for easier wheelchair maneuvering, but they also tend to be more slippery than carpeting. People often use throw rugs on these types of flooring, so be sure that you either get rid of them or securely tape them down to prevent trips and falls.

The best course of action to take when making home modifications for seniors aging in place is to consider all of the areas of the home that present the most trouble or concern. If there are things that are especially difficult for seniors, like reaching the countertops or light switches, modify them. If there are potential tripping or falling hazards, eliminate them or modify them accordingly. Taking a proactive approach to modifying the home means that seniors can age in place independently while their loved ones have peace of mind knowing that their aging loved ones are safer in their homes.

About the Author

This post was a contribution from Angela Stringfellow, who writes on behalf of Solvit Home Services, an electrical, heating and air (HVAC), & plumbing services provider from Connecticut. You can learn more about the services offered by Solvit in some of their most popular areas by following the links below:

Subsidized Senior Housing – 5 Tips for Securing Safe, Affordable Subsidized Senior Housing in a Down Economy

Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing can feel daunting. Here are five subsidized senior housing tips to help you find the right match:

1. Plan In Advance Of Senior Housing Needs

The most important tip for seniors looking for affordable subsidized senior housing is to plan in advance of your housing needs. Current homeowners who are downsizing to senior housing need to consolidate their current possessions so moving costs are reasonable. Plans should be made up to two years in advance of relocation to safe and affordable subsidized senior housing if possible. Determine the actual size of the new housing that’s needed. Then, scale back on furnishings to compensate any losses of space.

2. Be Prepared To Research Senior Housing Information

In a down economy, it’s necessary to spend adequate amount of time researching information regarding senior housing in order to find the most financially appropriate fit. This might include government-assisted housing programs as well as local or state information databanks where available. This is a very important facet of securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing. Research will also help avoid possible financial losses. Rather than wade through volumes of paperwork, transfer all information gathered to a spreadsheet for easier comparisons and viewing. Make certain that all information is understood before making final decisions.

3. Assess and Evaluate Location and Housing Expenses

Once information about subsidized senior housing is gathered, the next step is to assess and evaluate each location and any additional expenses. For instance, determine whether utilities are included or this is an additional expense. If it’s an additional expense, check with utility companies for senior discounts that may be available. Location is important for other reasons such as proximity to hospitals, doctors, family and shopping. Another issue is transportation. Some subsidized senior housing offers senior transportation on a regular basis while others do not. Parking facilities for family, visitors and personal vehicles is another issue that may be of concern. For some seniors, even the availability of a central shared laundry room may be important. Other significant factors of importance are safe and secure facilities. Review the location carefully before making a decision.

4. Determine Financial Resources

Fortunately, seniors today can take advantage of assistance to determine their financial resources. This should be done before researching information on housing availability. The reason is that most subsidized senior housing is based upon ability to pay rent or leasing. Thus, having a thorough and complete knowledge of personal financial resources will clear away any questions that may arise. There’s another reason to review financial resources. This is the best way to determine affordability as well as maintaining vigilance over future income and cash outlays for unexpected expenses.

5. Adjusting To Lifestyle Changes

Moving out of one’s home or relocating is always an emotional upheaval at any age. For seniors, it may be especially difficult. It needn’t be if a little bit of forethought is applied to the situation. Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing should be viewed as a new life phase. For some seniors, familiar surroundings can be debilitating mentally and physically. Subsidized senior housing has many advantages that are designed for safety and affordability. Some offer meals and laundry services as well as recreational activities.

With subsidized senior housing options available ranging from unfurnished one bedroom apartments to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, there are many factors to consider in making the transition to subsidized senior housing as smooth and beneficial to elderly tenants as possible.

The Three Best Ways to Find Income Based Apartments for Seniors

Finding affordable housing for seniors can often be a difficult task, especially when financial resources are extremely limited. One possible avenue is to check into income based apartments for seniors that consider tenants’ income when determining the amount of the monthly rent. There are three potential resources that can provide help in locating available income based apartments for seniors, even if the focus is finding something in a small or mid-sized city.


Local Non-Profit Organizations

One potential source for leads on income based apartments for seniors is any local organization focused on providing support services to citizens who have reached retirement age. Local councils on aging as well as watchdog agencies who specialize in protecting the rights of seniors often maintain listings of housing that will likely be in line with the senior’s income level, and provide discounts based on that level of income. These organizations may operate on a citywide level, although it is not unusual for them to cover an area as large as a country or parish. Best of all, these lists are often qualified, meaning that the organization has taken steps to verify that the apartments do meet basic standards.

City and County Agencies

Along with non-profit organizations, agencies that are directly operated by the local jurisdiction are also likely to have a list of income based housing options for seniors. Obtaining the listings usually requires making a formal request and may require meeting certain criteria in terms of income levels and any special health needs. Those qualifications help the agencies to narrow the selection to income based apartments for seniors that are equipped with ramps or other amenities that would allow senior tenants to enjoy a measure of independence.

State Resources

In many states, income based apartments for seniors may be managed under the auspices of a state department of housing or similar agency. Apartment complexes of this type may be directly owned and operated by the state, or be the property of a business that has agreed to provide housing for seniors based on income levels. The complexes may be new construction or include hospitals and other facilities that have been remodeled to create viable housing options.

Formal applications are usually required in order to be considered for one of these income based apartments for seniors, with the owner conducting background checks and taking all the precautions that apply to any prospective tenant. Along with basic financial and other information, there is a good chance that the application will also include the opportunity to provide data on any special health needs that the prospective tenant may have, such as the need for wheelchair friendly facilities with wider doors and lower cabinet tops. If the goal is to secure income based housing in an assisted care apartment complex, that request should also be provided to the agency in advance. Depending on the degree of demand in the area, it may be necessary to be placed on a waiting list until a unit becomes available.

The goal is to find the right housing situation for the senior tenant. Doing so will mean spending some time and effort in visiting and qualifying possible options based on factors as the proximity to loved ones, general conditions of the neighborhood, and the specific health needs of the loved one. By making it a point to make use of every available resource to find the right type of housing at the right price, the chances of finding an income based apartment that the senior will enjoy are greatly enhanced.

Announcing the Senior Housing Guide and Senior Housing Trends Infographic

For many seniors and their family members, the choices for senior citizen housing can be overwhelming. From aging in place with the assistance of caregivers in independent living communities or senior assisted living facilities, to more extensive care giving options for seniors with higher levels of acuity like memory care centers and skilled nursing facilities, there are a range of options and its difficult to know which solution is right for you or your family member.

With that in mind, we’ve put together our new Senior Housing Guide, which is a comprehensive resource on all the senior housing options available and will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision on the right senior living option for your loved one.

To see the guide, go to Senior Housing Guide

We’ve also embedded an infographic in the guide that illustrates the current trends in senior housing, including what they are and how they’re changing the face of senior citizen housing.

Here’s a sneak preview of the infographic.

trends in senior citizen housing infographic

To see the entire infographic and share it with others, go to Senior Housing Trends Infographic


5 Key Benefits of Assisted vs. Unassisted Senior Home Living

Continued growth in the elderly population, and the chronic diseases strongly associated with aging, is an inevitable byproduct of modern healthcare systems. The conventional choice for long-term care of the elderly, especially those experiencing a loss of self-efficacy due to disease, has been the nursing home. These facilities carry a lot of stigma though, both for their elderly clients and the family, as well as seemingly regular reports of abuse and neglect.

Fortunately, there is an alternative for senior citizen care. Both designated communities and assisted care options exist, and both offer a number of benefits over the nursing home. The singular quality they share is in allowing the person to continue living as independently and privately as their abilities and health status allow.


  1. Assisted Living Homes Increase Quality of Life
    Minimizing intervention is an important factor to increasing self-efficacy and quality of life for elderly citizens. An individual may still be able to perform most daily chores, and assisted living specialists recognize this. Instead of relinquishing their homes, possessions, privacy, and independence, assisted care only picks up those chores that can no longer be handled safely or appropriately. This could be as simple as reminders of what medications to take or providing transportation to the doctor’s office and other routine stops.


  1. A Senior Living Community Provides Social and Recreational Opportunities
    One of the sad facts of growing older is losing the contacts built over a lifetime. Old friends pass away or move and this can lead to a more secluded lifestyle. It is a well-known fact that having a socially rich life is an important part of promoting good health and positive emotions.


Assisted living communities provide public spaces for meeting others with similar interests. There are also organizers on duty to help with arranging events and outings that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether it is tea time, a game of chess in the park, or a trip to the ballot box in November, life takes on more meaning when shared with others.


  1. An Assisted Living Residence is Designed to Minimize Hazards
    Specialists in elderly care are trained to pay attention to the environment. Just as the parents of a newborn have to take precautions to ensure their child’s safety, so too must modifications be made to minimize the hazards faced by the elderly. Adding important appliances, like shower grab bars, remote panic buttons, and many others most of us rarely consider, can make it much easier for an elderly person to continue living independently, while minimizing the need for outside interventions.


  1. Senior Home Living Means Rapid Response to Emergency Situations
    Even with modifications, accidents happen. Having access to trained personnel at all times can mean the difference between a small fracture and a life-threatening event. As well, intermittent visits to a doctor or with family can be inadequate for spotting a gradually developing health issue. In a community setting, problems can be noticed and addressed more quickly. In any case, fast response translates into a better chance of overcoming difficulties.


  1. Senior Living Homes are Adaptable to the Individual’s Needs
    Perhaps the signature quality of assisted care, which makes it a better choice than a nursing home, is in its adaptability to the individual’s needs. An elderly person with less mobility requires a different set of support than someone who is having trouble remembering details, like how much salt to use in a recipe, or when they last watered the garden. Instead of losing all independence and privacy, senior living homes make it possible to provide just the support needed for each person.

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Nursing Home Closures: The Elderly Population is Exploding, Yet Nursing Homes are Closing

Today, we’ve launched our first infographic at Assisted Living Today. It’s a visually compelling graphic that covers the rash of nursing home closures that have been occurring since 2008 across the United States. Even in the face of a ballooning Boomer and elderly population, nursing homes are closing, and minority areas are feeling the brunt of it. If you’d like share this infographic with others, use the social sharing icons on the left. You can also embed it by clicking on the link below and grabbing the HTML code.

See the Nursing Home Closures Infographic Here

Nursing Home Closures Infographic

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