What a terrific thread. I thought we were some of the few weirdos looking at the potential for future issues surrounding injury, illness, or aging.
Lorrine Anderson wrote, "IF I had an inkling of what was coming, I likely could have got everything used, refurbished or on sale. So, it might be worth keeping these mobility aids in mind, picking them up when cheap or free... "
This is exactly why we are preparing now. I wish I could say we have been able to address as much as Lorinne earlier in this thread. However, we live in a 130 year old Victorian house that was originally built without plumbing It was added a few years later. All doorways are not the same size. Electricity was added after it was built as well.
S Greyzoll wrote, "The great thing about planning ahead for possible obstacles is that they also prepare you for plain old aging as well. "
Being invincible doesn't seem like it was that long ago. ;)
My SO works at a cancer center and we've seen entire lives change in a half-hour visit. Believing that you prepare BEFORE you have a need runs deep thanks to my late grandparents who weathered the great depression. First aid is a good example. If we do it right, we are prepared for problems but on the other hand, hope we will never use any of it. I also operate on the old adage, "One is none and two is one."
So, little by little we are reading up on caregiver sites, and trying to lay in stuff like shower chairs, a walker or two, etc. About a month or so ago we got a hospital bed from a friend. It was brand new, still in packaging. We are thrilled. It wasn't that long ago that I'd find how much we are thrilled about that to be odd. We got a brand new in box shower transfer bench for $5 a few weeks ago. Where's that dancing emoji?
Unfortunately, the house has stairs everywhere. We are somewhat concerned and maybe one day when we can afford deck rebuilds, we can address partially.
We added additional CO and smoke monitors while wholesale replacing those that came with the house. We stocked a large fleet of fire extinguishers as well.
I go through the Wilderness First Aid certification every three years as well as keeping up my First Aid/CPR/AED. I plan on going through the Red Cross series whenever Covid subsides.
We replaced toilet seats with the no-slam variety both for easy use, but also because someone dropped the older/heavier lid and it broke the bowl of a toilet.
We put in anchored shower grab bars not only in all bathrooms but also on each side of the cellar steps, and I'm considering whether we should do more.
On the future list is one of those toilet support things that looks like a walker made stationary and allows support while accessing or leaving the toilet.
That all terrain 'rollator' mentioned by Lorrine sounds like a winner as well. We had a friend who lost mobility at 88. He affixed longer handles on his tools and modified his garden to have wider paths so he could garden from a wheelchair.
We had not considered forearm crutches previously. They just seemed more unstable than underarm crutches. Lorrine's experience has us thinking about them.
S Greyzoll's post about presumptive MS and garden preps tracks like our friend above and just further supports us in our planning to tweak as much as possible here in preparation but still hoping it isn't needed.
Jennie Little's mention of changing door knobs to lever type makes sense to me. But, we're trying to keep the historical aspect to our house as well. Will have to consider.
Further, her mention of the
AARP Home Fit guide was terrific. I grabbed all the PDFs to help with our planning. Thanks for that. BTW, the link to those PDFs is:
Peter Ellis mentioned weight. John F Dean also commented. I was on the right path and am very active. But I have made some dumb choices in the last several months and gained 25-30 lbs. I need to address that.
We've also concentrated on getting rid of hazards. No lawn or house furniture with glass table tops. We see them everywhere for cheap. It took knowing just one person with numerous stitches for us to rule them out. We are gradually replacing all drawer and cabinet pulls with rounded pulls rather than anything with a point or sharpness that could create injury.
I do often wonder about ham radio. It's a lot of equipment and licensing as I remember.
Anne Miller wrote, "I recently suddenly turned to say something to the dog. I lost my balance and fell into the gravel. Dear hubby could not help me up and I could not put my weight onto my knees because the gravel dug into my knees. DH said he was going to call 911. I said no, just hand me a towel. With the towel under my knees, I was able to get up."
"A towel is just about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can carry. " - Douglas Adams