Age in Place
A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad's Home
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Keep Them Safe, Keep YOU Sane
A practical step-by-step, room-by-room guide to simple modifications that can help seniors make their homes safer and easier to navigate, this reference offers readers clear and practical solutions.
Author Lynda Shrager is a registered, national board certified occupational therapist, a master’s level social worker, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) with over 37 years of experience in the field of geriatrics; she has been working with seniors in their homes for more than 13 years. This mix of qualification and experience make her an expert in adapting the environment to increase patient safety and independence.
This book is designed to help seniors, along with their caregivers, address the challenges of independent living to make life at home safer, more manageable, and less stressful for all.
- A guided walking tour starting with the home's exterior, through its entranceway, and into all of the living areas
- A checklist to complete a room-by-room walkthrough with a quick and easy guide to making each space safe and manageable
- Photographs of modifications from patients' homes
- "Hacks for Health and Home" at the end of each chapter that offer practical occupational therapy tips
- A customizable plan for families to organize caregiving efforts including determining when mom and dad need help, encouraging them to accept it, creating the caregiving team, and organizing tasks
"With both wit and wisdom Lynda imparts invaluable strategies and tips to help seniors safely remain in their homes."
-- Michael Leonard Wolff, M.D., F.A.C.P., Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Albany Medical College; Professor, Ringel Institute of Gerontology;Chief Physician, Continuing Care, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Albany, New York
Age in Place is a godsend for family caregivers wondering if their aging parents are safe in their home. Filled with practical tips and easily implemented strategies, Lynda Shrager's engaging style makes this book a pleasure to read. Give this book to every person you know who has an aging parent!"
-- Amy S. D'Aprix, MSW, Ph.D., Life Transition Expert, Internationally renowned expert on lifestyle issues related to aging
"Lynda Shrager shares her extensive knowledge, pragmatic know-how and empathic perspective about one of the most challenging questions many adult children need to ask themselves when it comes to their aging parents -- What do we do now?
When a parent’s health fails them but their resistance to move doesn’t, Lynda helps the reader understand his or her parent’s perspective. She also skillfully assists her readers to manage this challenging and often emotionally draining issue, while making sure the aging parent continues to feel loved, respected, and safe. It’s a must-read for anyone facing this overwhelming, yet very common, situation."
-- Dr. Robi Ludwig, TV host/personality, author, and psychotherapist.
Table of Contents
Part I Declutter and Modify—Ins and Outs
Chapter 1 The Exterior
Chapter 2 The Entrances and Exits
Chapter 3 The Living Room, Dining Room, and General Living Areas
Chapter 4 The Kitchen
Chapter 5 The Bedrooms
Chapter 6 The Bathrooms
Chapter 7 The Stairs, Hallways, Basement, and Laundry
Chapter 8 General Tips
Part II Organize—Ups and Downs
Chapter 9 Do Mom and Dad Need Help?
Chapter 10 You Finished the Walk, Now Have the Talk
Chapter 11 Form the Team and Prepare to Care
Chapter 12 Organize and Assign the Tasks—Share the Care
Part III Odds and Ends
References and Resources
The Mother List—Vital Documents You Should Be Able to Locate
What May Be Included in the Health Care NotebookIndex
About the Author
LYNDA SHRAGER, OTR, MSW, CAPS, is the author of Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home (Bull Publishing, April 4, 2018). Her newspaper column, Mom’s Rx, appeared in countless newspapers across the country. Lynda is a featured columnist for Everyday Health, a leading online consumer health web site. She is also the author of Otherwise Healthy® - A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Lynda has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation for more than 37 years, focusing on all aspects of senior health and wellness. She combines her expertise as an occupational therapist, master’s level social worker, professional organizer and Certified Aging in Place Specialist to pursue her passion of providing therapeutic care in the patient’s home environment and in educating their caregivers. Learn more at otherwisehealthy.com.
Author Photo Credit: Joann Hoose