Aging In Place and Barrier Free Living

aging in placeIf we could see into the future, we might better prepare ourselves for it. Oftentimes, we wait to react to a change in our health or finances to make adjustments. This can lead to hasty decisions due to the inability to explore all of our options. As America’s largest generation reaches old age, these decisions can be more difficult due to the sheer numbers of people that need to access limited services. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior communities will fill up fast leaving little options left for those who put off proper preparation. However, not everyone will be able to afford these options.

Aging in Place is a philosophy that strives to allow seniors to remain in their regular place of residence for as long as possible and avoid the stress of relocation. The basic idea behind it is that, with some modifications to one’s home and lifestyle, one should be able to live in their own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.

Technology can play a big factor in enabling aging in place. The four basic categories that technology can address are Communication and Engagement, Health and Wellness, Learning and Contribution, and Safety and Security. Whether you are a healthy senior who touches base with family and friends via Skype, or you have limited mobility and need a patient lift for the bedroom and a wheelchair lift for your home, technology can help you overcome those barriers.

The idea behind Barrier Free Living goes well beyond making your home safe. It addresses barriers to transportation, social services and jobs as well as barriers in the home. Those with limited mobility or other disabilities may face these barriers throughout their life, and they continue in to old age.

Barriers in the home for those who wish to age in place can include steps, round door handles, non-walk in showers, narrow doorways and other physical obstructions. Home modifiers make physical changes to the home to accommodate the needs of the owners. Homeowners may even move their bedroom to the largest room in the house on the first floor to avoid stairs and have room for medical equipment.

New technology allows people with disabilities and health problems stay in their homes longer. Monitoring and adaptive devices can now be used in the home and can be operated by family members or home health aids. People with chronic diseases can now be treated in their home. Those with limited mobility have access ramps, patient lifts, stair lifts and electric wheelchairs or scooters.

Traxx Mobility Systems has designed a patient lift system designed for the home. The Titan 500 patient lift will fit in the bedroom without attaching to any part of the structure. The systems allows a single caregiver to transfer a patient in and out of bed, or from a wheelchair to a comfy chair, with the press of a button. A sturdy freestanding frame suspends the rechargeable electric lift motor, which is rated up to 500 lbs. The motor unit gently glides along the overhead track with gentle push from the caregiver. A dignified and safe transfer for the patient and a stress-free move for the caregiver in just three minutes.

Overhead Track Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500

The lift system comes complete with frame, motor, battery charger, remote control and sling. It comes partially assembled, and can be fully assembled in twenty minutes. Everything you need to transfer a patient for one low price. Call 855-872-8100 for a free quote. For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook or watch the Titan 500 in action on our YouTube channel.

Traxx Mobility Systems Is Raising The Standard Of Home Care!

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