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Safe Harbor Helps Seniors Stay in Homes Longer

By Vanessa Orr

Our homes are our castles; they are a very special part of who we are, where we raised our kids, and the foundation of a lifetime of memories. However, as our bodies change with time, at some point, these same homes can become a safety concern as it pertains to mobility or mental well-being. Safe Harbor provides families with the peace of mind that comes from working with a firm dedicated to helping seniors and the disabled remain safely in their own homes for a longer time.

Safe Harbor's goal is to work with families to comprehensively address needed changes in the home that will accommodate loved ones' changing bodies. The primary areas of focus are issues tied to mobility and to passively detecting the person's well-being and presence, and to communicating that status to family members.

Sometimes it just takes minor improvements to make a home safer. These can include:

  • A powered stair-glide lift chair for safe, powered personal transportation to navigate stairs
  • Entrance ramps to access the home more safely
  • Bathroom safety improvements like walk-in showers, walk-in tubs and grab bars
  • Door widening, for individuals in wheelchairs
  • Energy management
  • Home alarm systems

There are also technologies available to passively monitor the well-being and presence of loved ones, which include:

  • Ultrasonic microphones that listen for sounds in the home
  • Motion detectors
  • Nonintrusive cameras that connect wirelessly to family members' phones
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Weight detection and reporting
  • Small, discreet fall protection technology that isn't embarrassing to wear

"I lived the experience of facing this ticking time bomb with my very own mother," explained Safe Harbor owner Bob Ward. "In addition to many other health conditions, my mom also had neuropathy; a disease that gravely affected her ability to walk freely.

"Mom refused to even for a moment consider moving out of her home of 46 years," he added. "Our family saw the safety risk growing right before our eyes as her failing health took its toll on her body." When speaking with friends and other acquaintances about his mother's situation, Ward heard many similar stories, which is what gave him the idea to launch Safe Harbor.

Safe Harbor offers comprehensive services to accomplish the goal of keeping seniors and the disabled safely in their own homes longer by working with the person's family to assess what modifications need to undertaken. Oftentimes these safety measures and assistive technologies are not too costly—especially when compared to the alternative of having to force a person to leave his or her personal home and move into an assisted living community or nursing home.

To learn more about how Safe Harbor can help your loved one stay in his or her own home longer, visit www.safeharborusa.com or call (412) 862-1992.

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