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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 4:11pm.

June is national home safety month. Home Instead Senior Care has tips on making your home a little safer for your aging loved ones. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. It's also where Ann Lareau wants her mother, Helen, to stay. "As long as I'm alive I don't want my mother to have to go into assisted living or skilled living, I really want to keep her home," said Lareau of Home Instead. Ann has been her mom's caregiver for years. Over those years she's made modifications to her home to make it a little safer. Helen is 86-years-old and has mobility problems, so Lareau installed easy-open door handles, safety ramps for her wheelchair, and clearer hot and cold indicators in the bathroom. She eve has two microwaves in her home so her mother can reach one herself. Helen said, "I appreciate first of all that I am number one in her life, and I see in everything she does." Research says the longer you can keep your aging parent in the home, the longer you can extend their life. "This is where their memories are, this is where they've been in control, this is where they are most comfortable. Things are their own way, and there are some things that you are going to have to do different because you want them to be safe." Home safety improvements can be costly, but there are a few low, or no cost things you can do to make life easier for your elders. Move frequently used items to bottom shelves for easy access. Repair any unsteady railings around stairs, or decks. Clear hazards on the floor, and secure rugs to prevent falls. "People just need to pay attention to people they care about," said Lareau. If you would like more information on Home Instead visit their website at www.homeinstead.com For medical equipment: www.medicalcenterrespiratory.com 910-762-7007

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