Many older adults choose to age in place, sometimes in homes where they have lived for years. It makes sense to stay in a home that you love, where you feel most comfortable. But, did you know that your house can harbor hidden safety hazards for an aging resident?
Before it’s too late, take some time to consider the safety tips offered in this article. After assessing your home’s safety needs, you may decide to make upgrades to eliminate hazards. The good news is that Medicare will cover some home safety upgrades.
One-third of older adults suffer injuries from falls every year. Most of these falls occur in or around the home. You can help prevent falls by making a few simple changes around your house. Some of these changes require no tools or expertise. Other adaptations can be made by a handyman or a skilled family member.
Many simple upgrades can increase a home’s safety for older adult residents. As your needs change, make adaptations to keep your home safe.
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) will cover durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for safety and mobility in your home. DME includes commode chairs, hospital beds, patient lifts, and more. While you make safety upgrades to your home, be sure to check with your doctor about Medicare coverage and DME.
Do a walk-through assessment of your home’s safety. Do you see any hazards? If so, take appropriate action and make upgrades to ensure your safety or the safety of older adults living in your house. Precautions taken in a timely fashion can prevent future accidents for older adults.
If you’d like to learn more about how Medicare may cover some home safety upgrades, please fill out this form or give us a call. Time for 65’s licensed insurance brokers are here to provide the information you need, with zero pressure to enroll in a plan.