For 11 years, Bill Gordon, 76, has lived in his remodeled Lincoln Park condominium. Gordon, who served as the executive director of the American Library Association before he retired, said he was familiar with disability and wheelchair building requirements, which helped him to design his handicap-accessible home.
Dianne Campbell, founding executive director of Lincoln Park Village, an organization that helps older adults age in and with their communities, talks about the benefits of helping seniors stay in their own homes.
Erika Cruz, executive director of the Ivy Apartments, a supportive living community in Lincoln Park, explains the advantages of senior communities that offer around-the-clock care.
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Tips to help improve accessiblity and safety of older adults' homes
• Levers instead of round doorknobs for those with arthritis or stiff joints.
• Wider doorways and hallways for those with wheelchairs or walkers.
• Chair lift or elevator for homes with stairs.
• Shower where drain slopes in so older adults don’t need to step over and into the tub.
• Taller toilets so seniors don’t have to strain as much to sit down and stand up.
• Refrigerator with freezer on bottom; usually people don’t open freezer as much as main portion.
• Grab bars in bathroom and shower.
• Rough tiling on shower room floor to help prevent slips and falls.
• Roll out shelves/cabinets for heavy dishes.
• At least one handicap accessible entryway with no steps.