Aging in place planning

Preparing to Age in Your Own Home

Aging in place planning

Over one-third of households in America are occupied by one or more residents who are 60 years or older. That population is growing each year as the Baby Boomers grow older. It is wise to begin planning for the aging process before your retirement. The majority of seniors wish to reside in the home they have invested in financially and emotionally. It might be the home where they raised their family, where they know their neighbors, where they are familiar with the community and surrounding services. Many times their mortgage is either paid off or close to it. There are many things you can do to prepare your home so you can stay at home as you age in place instead of ending up in a nursing home.

Financial Plans

  • There is a lot of wisdom in making financial plans to prepare for the years ahead.
  • Lower your debt as you grow older so you can live comfortably on less income.
  • Get the help of a financial advisor to get the most from the money you have
  • Once you have a plan in place, discuss your plan with family members so if the time comes you cannot make decisions, they can carry out your desires.

Social Activity Plans

  • Keep building healthy relationships with your family and friends through regular interactions. Those social connections increase the joy and overall well-being in your life.
  • Stay connected through social media so you can keep involved in the lives of those you love even when you don’t get to see them face to face as often.
  • Church and other groups can provide regular friendships which keep you involved with others socially.
  • Keep helping others through friendship, encouragement, and service. It gives you purpose.

Home Modification Plans

  • Remove safety issues such as area rugs and clutter which can easily cause falls.
    Install grab bars, walk-in tubs, shower chairs and other bath safety products in the bathroom.
  • Increase lighting to avoid falls and install light switches on either end of the hall.
  • If you have stairs, have a stairlift or wheelchair elevator installed so you can still access all levels of your home safely. Perhaps a ramp is needed for wheelchairs or scooters.
  • Invest in a power lift recliner so you can enjoy the comfort, support and flexibility of a great recliner now and as you age. It can lift you from sitting to standing as well as change in multiple positions.

Brainstorm of some other preparations you can begin making now to age in your own home. Feel free to contact one of our local branches across the United States if you would like assistance with making sure your home has adequate home accessibility solutions to allow you to be safe and independent in your living environment.

AccessNSM was excited to be part of the Surprise Squad to help woman gain mobility in her home

Our very own Matthew Butterfield was excited to be part of the Surprise Squad on the Western Mass news channel. He worked with the team to provide Sandra Dudek a stairlift, so she could access her entire home.


A medical condition threatened to force a Chicopee woman out of the home she’s lived in for the past 30 years.

After learning about her situation, the Western Mass News and Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad decided to step in.

Sandra Dudek has spinal stenosis which is narrowing her spine. People with this condition often require spinal stenosis surgery.

After seeing her sister go through her fair share of emotional struggles, Cynthia Sayre wants nothing more than for Sandra to be happy in the place she’s always called home.

“Sandra Dudek is my only sibling. In her 76 years, she’s run into many difficulties like losing her dear husband, her only child, and now she has spinal stenosis,” said Sayre.

As Sandra becomes less mobile she may need to move out of her two-story house which holds her final memories of her husband and son.

“I lost my husband 18 years ago and I lost my son two years ago, and it was beautiful here. I mean this is home,” said Dudek.

Dudek’s home that has become difficult to get around since she’s had some serious surgeries.

“I had one in the front where they replaced some of the discs and they had to go in through the back and do it again,” Dudek noted.

It’s also been hard on her sister Cynthia, who lives 45 minutes away, along with her next door neighbors.

The Western Mass News and Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad, along with Matthew Butterfield with AccessNSM in Chicopee was able to gift Sandra with a brand new stair lift.

What would usually take Sandra five to ten minutes, will now only take seconds.

See full story here.



National Seating & Mobility Expands Home Access Business with Acquisition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) – AccessNSM, a division of National Seating & Mobility (NSM), propels the company’s trajectory of growth with the acquisition of Home Safe in Tampa, Fla. The purchase of Home Safe, a preferred home accessibility provider for many third party payers including workers compensation administrators and Veterans Administration facilities, accelerates NSM’s growing position as a national home modification and accessibility leader.

“NSM’s is committed to expand our reach and broaden our capabilities supporting the journey to independence for our clients,” said Bill Mixon, NSM CEO. “This acquisition not only significantly expands our footprint, but also enhances our nationwide network of branches and mobility experts with the addition of a team of experienced home accessibility experts.”

Home Safe, a national full-service home modification and accessibility provider, was established in 2000 and headquartered in Tampa. The company provides a full suite of home modification construction services, bathroom modifications, room additions, customized ramping, vehicle lifts and modifications, stairlifts, ceiling track lifts, vertical platform lifts, environmental controls, and offers a full menu of services designed to make homes accessible for their medically fragile and mobility-challenged clients.

The company’s co-founder, Ward Farley, will stay on board with NSM after the acquisition and will continue to lead the Tampa operation. Ferenc Moricz, ATP, will join NSM through the acquisition, and will provide support through a CRT lens to ensure a clinically holistic approach to accessibility within the home.

“Home Safe is respected in the industry for the company’s strong focus on quality and reputation for customer satisfaction,” said Mixon. “Their experienced team will play an integral role in driving the growth of our home access business.”

About National Seating & Mobility

National Seating & Mobility is the nation’s premier Complex Rehab Technology Solutions provider, partnering with physicians, therapists and clients across the U.S. to design customized innovative mobility, rehabilitation and adaptive product solutions for individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1992, the company has grown from five locations to a national network of professional Assistive Technology Providers (ATPs). National Seating & Mobility has earned the highest professional accreditation from the independent, not-for-profit, The Joint Commission. As preeminent accrediting body for U.S. healthcare organizations, The Joint Commission maintains unrivaled industry standards. For more information visit

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