Home Safety Modifications and Local Resources for Aging in Place in the Baltimore Area

As more Baltimore area seniors make the decision to age in place, Avila Home Care can help connect clients to the local resources they may need to thrive in the homes they love. Avila’s Leadership Team and Caregivers have decades of experience supporting our clients in their own homes. We understand the importance of basic safety and accessibility upgrades for the well being of not only our clients, but their friends and family.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging Community Resources 2021 directory serves adults, baby boomers, families, caregivers, persons with disabilities and professionals who serve the senior community. Pages 56 and 57 of the directory focus on Home Repairs, Modifications and Assistance resources in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

A new program launched by the Baltimore County Department of Aging in January 2021 called Baltimore County Age Friendly Upgrades for Seniors (BCAUSE) is featured in the directory. BCAUSE assists eligible older adult homeowners with minor home repairs, Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment and case management. They can be reached at 410-887-2594.

The Maryland Department of Aging has a program called “Accessible Homes for Seniors”, which provides 0% interest loans for accessibility improvements including the installation of grab bars, widening of doorways and building ramps. In Baltimore County, call Senior Information and Assistance at 410-887-2594 for more information.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) are a great resource for assessing the safety of a home for aging in place, and recommending improvements. Home Safe Home is a Baltimore-area company that employs licensed physical and occupational therapists to conduct home safety assessments, and provides recommendations on solutions to enhance accessibility of the house, allowing for more independence of their clients. Home Safe Home then professionally installs the equipment and completes the relevant modifications- so it’s a great one stop shop for making aging in place home modifications for seniors.

Medical supplies and equipment may be necessary in the case a senior has acute or chronic health conditions, but they would still prefer to stay in their own home. Equipment can be rented instead of having to invest in a purchase, and often vendors will offer delivery and set up. Supplies including anything from blood pressure cuffs to walkers, and equipment for monitoring diabetes, oxygen levels and heart rate are available. Local companies such as Mid-Atlantic Medical Supply and Equipment offer free delivery and on-line or in-store purchases or rentals.

Avila Home Care is here to assist you and your loved ones navigate the many aspects of aging in place- please call us at 410-826-6100 for more information- we are here to help you!

Sharing is caring!

Best Practices When Cooking for One

November 18, 2019

Cooking for one may seem like it is not worth the effort. The time and money many individuals associate with cooking for one may steer them away from making home-cooked meals and towards eating out instead. While cooking for one may require additional planning ahead of time, there are many benefits to picking up this…

Read More...

Mental Health Concerns in Seniors are Under-Diagnosed

June 9, 2018

Studies have shown that seniors are less likely to be diagnosed—and consequently, treated—for mental health problems, even though this is an acute concern for aging populations. Here, the elder care providers at Avila Home Care discuss this issue and best practices for ensuring the senior in your life is getting the care they need. Mental…

Read More...

How to Handle an Elderly Loved One Who Refuses to See a Doctor

January 24, 2020

It can be frustrating and even downright painful to watch a loved one suffer, especially when they are reluctant to seek a doctor to treat their condition. While we cannot force our loved ones to receive medical treatment, there are ways to support them regardless of their personal choices. Here, the compassionate home care providers…

Read More...