Aging in Place 

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a leader in conducting policy analysis and tracking legislation dealing with family caregiving issues – initiatives that focus on family caregivers or affect the care recipient in a way that would also affect the family caregiver. The need to support the nation's nearly 44 million family caregivers and sustain them as the backbone of our chronic and long-term care system is a central issue in national and state efforts to reform healthcare.

  • Core Advocacy Principles
    • Expand Family Caregiver Access to Supports and Services
    • Protect the Financial Security of Family Caregivers
    • Include Family Caregivers as a Vital Member of the Health and Human Services System
    • Enhance the Health and Wellness of Family Caregivers  

Aging in place is not a magic formula. It can be a choice to try to ensure a higher quality of life and control circumstances as one ages.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology can be as simple as a grab bar, shower seat or pill dispenser. Or as complex as an in-home monitoring system. 

  • Low-tech assistive technology:

    • Grab bars in the bathroom for toileting and bathing, or anywhere a person might need to steady themselves while performing a tasks or having to lower or raise to sit.
    • Temperature-activated flow reducer –a small device that turns off the water if it gets too hot.
    • Grabbers – A hand-held device that allows someone to reach up or down to collect an item, such as a can from a shelf or a sock from the floor.
    • Shower seats – Allows a person to take a shower sitting down, which can be more safe for those who are not able to stand for long periods of time and can assist with preventing falls in the shower.
    • Lever handles – Lever handles on faucets and doors are easier for everyone to use to assist with gripping and turning.
    • Magnifiers –for reading, crafting or watching TV.

  • High-tech assistive technology
    • Cell phones – Cell phones are commonplace for many people in today's world.
    • Automatic counter tops or shelves – Allowing a person easy access to use the counter surface or the contents of the shelf.
    • Home automation –  Easier-to-use home security such as lights that come on as you enter a room (or dark hallway or stairs at night) and easier temperature controls.
    • Personal computers –to keep in touch with family and friends with email, photos, video phones and social networks.
    • In-home health or activity monitoring – Personal emergency systems that can monitor health conditions, falls or even if the refrigerator has been opened recently.


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