When told recently about the possibilities of home modifications, people at a Seattle senior center expressed their amazement that they could actually remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.
It’s surprising that many seniors still are unaware that this possibility exists for them. One senior lamented that his city should get on board with this idea “instead of some of their other dumb ideas.”
The same senior at the Ballard Senior Center who was interviewed for the article asked, “Why don’t more of us know about this? What an idea to actually make things better for singles, the disabled, families and seniors too! Some people are really using their brains to help a lot of people. How affordable are these places?”
Maybe we as an industry aren’t doing the best possible job of promoting the benefits and affordability of home modifications. Success for many organizations depends on getting the word out about its services. We need to do a better job of informing the public about customized living solutions to help seniors and persons with disabilities remain living in their homes comfortably and independently.
But what else can we do to better inform and educate the public about Aging-in-Place and home modifications?