COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nearly 90% of seniors 65+ prefer to live at home before considering a
retirement or assisted living community for reasons including economics,
the stress of moving, the fear of losing independence, emotional ties to
the family home, and fear of the unknown.
Expert on aging Lisa Cini provides tips to live not only independently,
but energetically with increased safety, including aids to mobility,
lighting effectiveness, cooking safety, bathroom safety and more.
“Thanks to medical advancements, exercise and healthy eating, seniors
are far healthier and living longer and more independently,” says Cini.
“Small, simple and cost-effective modifications can make a big
difference in improved safety, hearing, mobility, sight and memory.”
Independent living updates include:
Adjust the heights of sinks, stoves, washers & dryers,
Declutter and organize trailing electrical wires to avoid
Add banisters and check for looseness on stairs, railings
Light up dark hallways and closets with motion-sensor
Install handrails/grab bars by the toilet and in the shower
Get tech: There’s a bevy of wearable technology for
Install an automatic stove shutoff device to provide peace
Make flooring safe. Make sure there are rugs on polished
Keep things within reach. Stretching and balancing on step
Make the garden safe. Clear moss and old leaves from the
If a retirement or assisted living community is the best choice, new
facilities are cropping up to provide independence for residents. For
Design Studio’s recently completed assisted living facility,
YourLife of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was designed to provide many
options for residents from décor and dining to activities, encouraging
multi-generational interaction, integrating technologies that facilitate
independence, and providing an atmosphere that feels like home – and
maybe even better.
“The first step to making the right choices is knowing that for most of
us there are choices,” says Cini. “Follow that with an honest
assessment of your health, finances, life preferences, and the viable
options, and the world of possibilities may open wide.”
Lisa Cini is an award-winning senior living architect, author, speaker,
and President and CEO of Mosaic
Design Studio, which applies the latest thinking and technology to
the design of senior living communities, assisted living facilities, and
memory care facilities throughout the country.