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 more than thirty-seven years’ experience in the field of geriatrics and more than thirteen years working with seniors in their homes. It is this mix of qualification and experience that makes her an expert in adapting the environment to increase patient safety and independence. This book is designed to help seniors and their caregivers address these new challenges together to make life at home safer, more manageable and less stressful for all.
• Room-by-room walk through to evaluate and modify safety of the home
• Photographs of modifications from patients’ homes
• Recommendations for the best home medical equipment
• Where to obtain services and additional helpful resources
• Check list for the reader to complete their own room by room walk through with a quick and easy guide to making each space safe and manageable
• “Hacks for Health and Home” at the end of each chapter with occupational therapy tips
• Vital Documents Guide for easy retrieval of important papers in case of an emergency
About the Author
Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW, CAPS is the author of Otherwise Healthy® - A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her newspaper column "Mom’s Rx", appeared in the Hearst daily Albany Times Union for over 10 years and appeared in countless newspapers across the country. In 2009 Lynda became a featured columnist for Everyday Health (everydayhealth.com), one of the country’s leading online consumer health web sites. For over thirty-seven years Lynda has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation, focusing on all aspects of senior health and wellness. Lynda 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.
"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
"Our parents are living longer … Age In Place takes the stress out of facing this challenge. It provides a helpful, compassionate roadmap for this new stage of caring for elderly parents, making sure everyone knows what to do. Step by step, it's a book that offers tremendous peace of mind." —Patricia Gale, freelance reviewer, www.seattlepi.com
"I recommend a very helpful, comprehensive yet not overwhelming book." —Jane E. Brody, Personal Health Columnist, The New York Times
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