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What Every Senior Should Know About Safely Aging In Place

Kent Elliott

Nearly 90 percent of seniors in the U.S. want to age in place (stay in their homes), even if they may eventually need daily assistance or in-home health care. While it’s understandable why one would want to maintain their independence in their own surroundings, their home may not be adapted to mobility and health issues, so it’s important that modifications are made to ensure one’s safety and comfort. Of course, the best time to make such changes is before they are actually needed to prevent injury from occurring — some people start as early as their fifties or sixties.

While you can conduct your own home assessment in order to determine your needs, it’s best to hire an occupational therapist (sometimes paid for by Medicare) to do the job for you, as they’re trained to make such judgments, even prematurely. These pros also have extensive knowledge of assistive technologies, which is helpful because there is an abundance of new options and advancements on the market on a regular basis.

Once you figure out which modifications you need, decide which ones you can do yourself, which require the help of a pro, and how you’re going to pay for everything. Here’s a guide to help you navigate this process so that you can stay safe while saving as much money as possible.

DIY

There are many simple tweaks you can do on your own that take little time or effort, starting with removing all tripping hazards, such as area rugs and excessive clutter. Other considerations include:

  • Swapping out grungy carpets for a low-density, shorter pile variety and installing slip-resistant flooring in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • For those struggling with visibility (including those with dementia), task lighting can make it easier to perform everyday activities, such as brushing teeth, reading, and cooking. Painting the walls in a light but glare-free color while keeping the ceiling white can improve the lighting in a room, too.
  • Replace regular faucets with modified anti-scald valves that rely on water pressure to regulate the flow of hot water.
  • Handrails on both sides of all staircases and grab bars in the bathroom near the toilet and in the shower/tub are essential aids for preventing falls.
  • Assistive technology such as a video doorbell that’s connected to Wi-Fi provides both safety and convenience, while a personal medical alert system offers peace of mind to seniors and loved ones alike.

Hire A Pro

Before hiring a pro, make sure you obtain references — particularly from clients who also needed similar home modifications. While it is possible to build a wheelchair ramp yourself, it’s a complex and time-consuming project, so you’re better off leaving it in the hands of an expert, especially since safety is a concern. Other big-ticket projects that require assistance are installing a chair stair lift or elevator, replacing a tub with a walk-in shower, and lowering countertops and cabinets for easier use.

Funding The Modifications

Not all modifications come cheaply, but there are grants available to those in need. Though not available everywhere in the U.S., there are some state assistance programs to help fund age-related construction and home enhancements.

If home modifications aren’t enough to make a completely safe environment, consider searching for an accessible property in your area. Make a checklist to find what you’re looking for, and use an online filter to help you narrow down your options. Note that homes in Seattle, Washington, typically sell for $737,000.

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Team Lifting with Teagan

What: TEAM LIFTING
When: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30am 
Dates: Thursday 2/23 and ends Monday 3/27
Where: FHC Equipment Floor
How Much: $100 entire series or $15 drop in class
 
INFO from Teagan:
 
TEAM LIFTING
Train like an athlete!
This class is not a beginner lifting experience.  This class combines foam rolling, static stretching, dynamic movements, plyometrics, and strength and power training to have profound effects on balance, stability, strength, and body composition. Every workout includes power exercises and large, intense metabolic circuits with weights. The workouts are intended to be challenging– but fun!
With a dedicated group built on an atmosphere of love of fitness and desires for everyone to achieve their personal goals, this class is designed to be like a crossfit experience– with more focus on proper form and control instead of chasing numbers on potentially dangerous lifts. If you are looking for a community of like-minded individuals working hard to transform and improve their health and fitness, this if for you.
Requirements: Basic experience with weights and exercise. If you are concerned about the intensity of this class, please contact Teagan Callaway at teagcall@gmail.com before enrolling.

Free February 18th Health fair

Feb. 18th

Join ‘Talon the Falcon’ the high-flying mascot for Seattle Pacific University

Join us at FHC February as we enjoy a fun-filled health fair with ‘Talon the Falcon.’ Refreshments, drinks and the company of other health enthusiasts and professionals will be in plentiful supply.

In addition to Talon the Falcon, we will have a wide array of informational and fun guests.

 

FremontChiropractic.com

Receive a 10 minute chair massage and posture assessment simply for showing up.

Dr. Maggie Fox

 

Meet with Dr. Maggie Fox of Fox Natural Medicine and talk natural medicine. Try juice samples and other demos.

Foxnaturalmedicine.com

 

 

 

 

 

Chef by Request

chef by request

Taste fresh and healthy food

Personal Fresh Meal Delivery Service
ChefByRequest.com

 

 

 

Kinetic Sports Rehab With Teagan Callaway

Kinetic sports rehab

Free 15 minute consultations 

 

We will also have some of the creative and accomplished trainers that train here at Fremont Health Club

 

 

Kim Brownlee

Offering core strength Demo

Rebecca Jackson
Builditforlife.co
Offering TRX demo

 

 

Devon Johnson-Porter
Perfect Balance

Perfectbalanceseattle.com
Offering kettle-bell demo

 

 

 

Adriana Medina
Fuerte Fitness
FuerteFitness.com

Fuerte Fitness

 

 

There’s more?

In addition to all of the above, you can also attend one of the following classes for free:

9-10 Hatha Yoga

11-11:30 AB Lab

11:30-12pm HIIT

12-1pm The SweatBox

 

For the kids

The little ones can play fitness games with Coach Davis in the kid’s conditioning class.

Childcare available for ages 1-4

Free February 4th Health Fair

February 4th mini health fair

We are starting the month off with some of our favorite friends from Fremont
February 4th 11-1pm

 

 

Shepherd family chiropractic
Dr. Ed Shepherd from the renowned clinic Shepherd Family Chiropractic

shepfamilychiro.com

 

Dr. Fred Russo
Drfredrusso.com

 

 

 

Fox Natural Medicine

Dr. Maggie Fox ND
Fox Natural Medicine
Will do a free 30 minute Qi Gong class at 11:30

FoxNaturalMedicine.com

Chef my request

Chef by Request
Taste fresh deliciousness from Chef By Request

Personal Fresh Meal Delivery Service

Sanachi Massage

 

Sanachi Massage 

Will be performing chair massage
Sanna Miller, LMP, APP
sanachimassage.com
206-892-8618

Holiday gift packages

Want to give the gift of fit this year? Want to tone up or just make a change? Give personal training gift certificates this year. Contact the individual trainer that you want to train with.

Rebecca Jackson

(571) 382-0006

The Fantastic 5

5 half-hour sessions training package for $200. Over $50.00 savings

 

Manny Dunham

(206) 851-7269

Couple for couples

Private training boxing series 4-1 hour sessions on Saturday for $200
or “A Couple for Couples” Two, two person semi private hour training sessions for $150

A tremendous value from one of the most energetic and creative trainers anywhere.

 

Adriana Medina Cagan

(206) 293-1882

“Slim in 6” for $150 

or a 5-pack series for personal training= $300

Harley Cawdrey

“Hug me and give me treats ” Free

Also, he will show you how to walk him with a leash 🙂

FHC will have short term membership or group class gift certificates available.  Any FHC member purchasing a gift certificate for a non-member by Dec. 31 will receive a 30% discount.  This is a great option to invite your out of town guests to work-out with you.  Please remember, that all guests must be registered and sign a release waiver before working out.
Stop by the front desk for more information

From the subtle to the spectacular

At FHC, we have some really talented friends and members. This month, we look at the unique and creative talents of Clayton and Clea Hibbert. In addition to being regulars at FHC, they also run a lighting company in Seattle. I borrowed their motto from them for this article because it suits them so well- “From the subtle to the spectacular.”

Please take a moment to get to know them.

 

FHC-Crimson Haze-great name and great website. For those unfamiliar with your business, can you give me your ‘elevator pitch’ or quick outlines for what you do?

Clayton-Crimson Haze provides lighting for all kinds of events, big and small, everything from weddings to corporate holiday parties. If it lights up, we love it. 🙂

 

FHC-Can you tell me about some of the missteps or early errors/challenges you encountered as a small company in a super competitive environment like Seattle?

Clayton-In terms of early errors, we were a pretty wary of weddings and steered away from that part of the event industry. We had the misconception that weddings were too stressful, something to avoid. We focused on corporate and music events. It was only when friends started asking us to light their weddings that we examined those assumptions more closely. To our delight, we soon discovered that the wedding industry is actually a tremendous amount of fun, and now we sincerely enjoy contributing and participating in a couple’s marriage celebration.

 

FHC-Does the Seattle climate or weather/environment provide any unique obstacles? Indoor and outdoor.

Clayton-The Seattle climate does present interesting challenges. Toward solving that, we’ve invested quite a bit in lighting equipment that is safe to use outdoors and has no problem with the inevitable northwest rain. Even so, we always encourage outdoor events to have an indoor “plan B” whenever possible. Even if the lights are ok, your guests might not want to be out there. 🙂

FHC-We notice you both in a good amount. Do you find that staying in shape helps with your work? Stress relief?

Clayton-We love FHC, and definitely find that exercise helps us stay on track. Our work is surprisingly physical. Lighting equipment can be heavy and bulky, and we expend a fair amount of energy carting gear from place to place. The tight windows of time available for set-up and tear-down means we’re usually hustling, lifting, climbing ladders, and otherwise in constant motion. Staying in shape is critical for us to do our jobs!

 

FHC-Do either of your backgrounds help with your business, or was it a creative endeavor ala music, art, or was it an opportunity or happenstance that led you into this field?

Clayton-Clea has a degree in marketing and communications. My career background is in design and theater. We first met working together as volunteers on various events. Lighting is one aspect of event production that fascinated us both. Little by little, we acquired enough equipment first to light our own home for private parties. When a friend asked if he could pay us to light his concert at a small warehouse, that was when we wondered if our hobby might become our livelihood.

 

For more about Crimson Haze, please feel free to visit their website at http://crimson-haze.com/

For more about FHC, stop by when you get a chance 😉

Saturday, local businesses promoting wellness

Join us this Saturday
January 30th from 10am-1pm

We will host the following visiting partner groups:
Come and ask questions, enjoy chair massage and samples, and learn more about how these local businesses might benefit you.  Feel free to bring family and friends, and we will have drop in childcare during the event.Equipment Orientation every Saturday 10am-2pm FREE, and on a drop in basis.

February Massage Rewards for Referrals

February Massage Rewards for Referrals

When you refer a new member that joins in February, they will receive a $20 savings off their enrollment and you will receive a free 30 min massage from Terry Mac with Floating World Massage, or Sanna Miller with Sanachi Massage. (limit 3 per person)This is just our way of saying thank you for helping us to grow.We love sharing our love of fitness and health with the neighborhood, and we especially love it when our members do too.

Free Massage Certificate When You Join In AprilPrepurchase Enrollment and lock-in Deal!
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