18 “Life Hacks” to Help you Age in Place

Many older individuals are choosing to age in place, rather than in a nursing home. Many require obvious home modifications such as stairlifts, ramps, and grab bars, that enable individuals to safely remain in their homes. However, these products do not address the smaller day-to-day tasks that can also prove a challenge. Read on for our list of 18 cheap DIY “Life Hacks” that can help you or a loved one live comfortably and independently.

1.
Secure (or or simply remove) throw rugs – these are a common tripping hazard. Consider wall-to-wall carpet instead, or secure throw rugs with double sided sticky tape if you absolutely cannot part with them
Remove throw rugs

2.
Install nightlights that automatically illuminate when it is dark along walkways and on stair cases – you can buy some for just over $1 each here
Install Nightlights along walkways and stair cases

3.
Place a plastic chair in the shower for those who tire easily or have balance issues
Place a plastic chair in the shower

4.
Use different colored nail polish on house keys to help remember which ones go to which door – example, green for the front door and blue for the back
Use nail polish to color code keys

5.
Use a plastic over-the-door shoe rack to hold cleaning supplies rather than having to crouch and crawl under a low cabinet to reach them
Use shoe rack to store cleaning supplies(image source: lifeh4cks.com)

6.

Get a reusable water bottle and mark hours on the side to help keep you well hydrated. That way you can make sure you’ve hit your mark by 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, etc.
label time on a reusable water bottle(image source: myscienceacademy.org)

7.
Use twist ties from bread bags to secure cords and prevent them from causing a tripping hazard
Use twist ties to secure wires

8.
Wrap rubber bands around glass cups to make them easier to grip
Wrap rubber bands around cups

9.
Place bar soap in the foot of an old nylon stocking – the stocking improves ability to grip the soap, prevents it from falling and becoming a slipping hazard, and has the added benefit of exfoliating skin
Place soap in a stocking

10.
When filling prescriptions, request that the pharmacist use a non-childproof cap to make it easier so those with compromised grip can easily open bottles (but be sure to keep these bottles far away from children!)
Keep pill in non-childproof containers

11.
Use an old skirt hanger with clips to hold a cookbook at eye level – open the cookbook to the preferred page and secure the clips to the top of either page, then hang from an upper level cabinet knob
Use a hanger to hold cookbooks open

12.
Attach a key ring to zipper pulls on pants to make them easier to grab. Loop the key ring around the button to prevent zipper from coming undone
attach key rings to zipper pulls

13.
Before going to the grocery store, take a picture of the inside of your refrigerator so you can easily remember what you need
Take a picture of your refrigerator to the store

14.
User rubber gloves to make it easier to open stubborn jars and containers
Use rubber gloves to open jars

15.
Swap round door knobs with lever handles that are easier to grip
Replace doorknobs with levers

16.
Apply bright nail polish or rubber bumps to important television remote control buttons and telephone buttons
Use nail polish on important buttons17.
Adhere grip strips to your bathtub, bathroom floor, and any other potentially slick surface to prevent slips
Adhere grip strips to shower

18.
Keep a list of all current medications in a backpack or pocket to take with you each time you go out in case of emergency
Keep a list of medications in your pocket

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About Jessica Solimando

Jessica is a Blog writer and Social Media Manager for 101 Mobility. She has been with the company since November, 2014. Her favorite topics to learn and write about include inspirational individuals and natural health and wellness tips.

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