ComForcare Norwood is helping Boston seniors more comfortably age in place by keeping their homes safe and accessible.COMFORCARE LOGO

Boston, MA May, 2013 – ComForcare of Norwood, MA is helping seniors live more comfortably at home as they choose to age in place.  Each year, thousands of Americans reach retirement age, and many of those individuals are choosing to spend their golden years at home, rather than relocating to a live-in retirement community, nursing home, or assisted living facility.  ComForcare works with clients and their families to enable seniors to live a healthier, safer, and more independent lifestyle.

For those who have chosen to age in place, there are some important things to consider including mobility.  As people age, they may require more assistance to get around.  This can include the use of a cane, wheelchair, or walker.  ComForcare Norwood helps clients families assess their home to determine if there are any mobility or safety issues that need to be addressed.  For seniors, falls can be a serious concern, so the home care agency provides free fall prevention and home safety assessments to address safety and accessibility concerns for seniors.  This includes:

The entrance of the home.  ComForcare suggests clients observe their front entrance for accessibility and consider implementing a ramp or chair or stair lifts and appropriate porch coverings to prevent against fall hazards including snow, rain, and ice.

The bathroom.  Many falls occur in the bathroom, so it is important to access the accessibility an safety of this area as you age.  ComForcare home care providers may suggest a walk in shower instead of a tub, toilet seats that provide a more comfortable height, grab bars in the shower and near the toilet, and non-slip mats on the floors of the tub or shower.  These features will make the bathroom safer and easier to use for individuals who may have increasing mobility issues as they age.

The kitchen.  Another area of the house that ComForcare home care providers may assess is the kitchen.  It is important to reduce fire hazards, ensure appliances and cupboards are accessible, and to create convenient work spaces that can be used while sitting.

Comfort features.  Sometimes, just making a few basic changes can increase the comfort of an again loved one in their own home.  This includes switching out old light switches and replacing them with smooth wide switches that are easier to use.  It may also include remodeling rooms for easier access or adding additional lighting throughout the house.  In extreme cases, emergency remodels may be necessary to create a more accessible living space (for example creating a bedroom downstairs).

About ComForcare Norwood

ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services throughout the Southwest Boston area.  ComForcare Norwood employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home whether it be a private residence, nursing facility, or an independent an assisted living community. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services.