Back to the Future Part 3 – Harvard Medical School Says…

This week’s “Back to the Future” blog is from 2015 when Harvard Medical School’s Health Beats included “Housing” at the top of their list for preparing to age safely. Housing isn’t often associated with healthcare even in a pandemic when many people are opting to receive healthcare in the home or via telehealth. Yet housing, the structure where this care …

Back to the Future – Telehealth

The more things change, the more they stay the same. During these COVID days, we took a look at past blogs and realized that they were remarkably prescient. There are many challenges to home modifications and aging in place that are still relevant today – in some cases over a decade later! In fact, one of the legacies of the …

Occupational Therapy in Aging in Place and Home Modifications

April is Occupational Therapy month! To kick off April we would like to highlight the contributions that occupational therapists make to the home modification and aging in place process. This week we have a guest blog authored by Dr. Scott A. Trudeau, PhD, OTR/L and Hannah Brock. Dr. Trudeau is the Productive Aging Practice Manager at the American Occupational Therapy …

So What IS Aging in Place??

Aging in place is a housing and healthcare option that integrates design, equipment and services to provide the opportunity and ability to safely remain in the home of your choice even as your health and mobility changes. Aging in place works best when people proactively prepare their home environments before accidents or injuries occur. These preparations can range from simple …

Aging in Place During a Pandemic

We know aging in place is the preferred living situation for older adults – over 80% of adults say they plan to live out their lives in their own homes. While aging in place has many benefits, it would be an understatement to say it has been hard this last year. Quarantine fatigue and social isolation directly affect mental health …

New Year for HomesRenewed

2020 taught us many lessons about our healthcare system and rampant racial inequality in America.  One of the biggest lessons learned: we need to take better care of older people who have suffered dreadfully from the pandemic. To date, approximately 40%  of the people who’ve died from Covid-19 either lived in or worked at nursing homes and other senior congregate …

Aging in Place and covid-19

“Flatten the Curve” may well become the phrase of the year. Taking steps to increase personal safety to avoid the need for acute care that can overwhelm hospitals and the healthcare system. That could be the definition of aging-in-place. Few us had that concept to describe it before. But now, with the total upending of the notion that congregate ‘senior’ …

HomesRenewed Advocacy Strategy

JOIN HomesRenewed! HomesRenewed is working for YOU and with YOU toward our shared goal of increasing the number of houses updated for aging in place. Rather than the stock phrase “aging in place” we call it to “prepare for life throughout the modern lifespan.” Updating homes is our focus but we, as a country, need to update our institutions, programs …