The best and worst thing in my house is my dog. He is funny and cute (best), but he has also decided that being housebroken is a bore and no matter where I step, he is there first to trip me (worst).
As we get older, changes have to be made around us. For one thing, I could not live in a house with stairs anymore and neither can anyone I know in my age bracket.
Getting out of the shower takes a handhold—and I don’t mean a cheapie eBay shower curtain.
Laura Neergaard, AP, writes about this. A woman in her story with Parkinson’s can’t keep the food on the fork because she is so shaky with her tremors.
They are doing a study at Johns Hopkins about how to retrofit homes so people can stay in them.
They came into this gal’s home and made $1,100 worth of repairs. They replaced the shaky banister (stairs!) and added grab bars in the shower. They also raised the toilet.
A “tall boy” toilet is most excellent—and don’t fall for that tall SEAT—get a new toilet.
They also found her some utensils that were weighted to hold steadier.
This group will also come over and check your meds, something I don’t want—at least so far.
One woman, though, was taking all 26 meds at once and could hardly stay conscious. Well, I guess not—besides that is too many!
They researchers also raised the kitchen counters so the woman could make lunch sitting—this is good for wheelchair-bound people, too.
In dark places or halls—how about battery-power lighting?
For more, go to http://nursing.jhu,edu/faculty_research/projects/capable.
Back to the tall toilet—get one today even if you are young! You’ll thank me.