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Are Seniors planning for the life they want? Or just hoping they can stay in their homes?

A home is a personal thing. Everything from the color of the carpet to the art on the walls tells you a little bit about the inhabitant’s personality. While most Americans don’t mind spending time and money decorating their homes, many don’t think anything about how a home’s interior can help or hinder them as they age.

The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) reports that more than 90 percent of older adults would prefer to age in place rather than move to senior housing. But are seniors planning for the life they want? Or just hoping they can stay in their homes?

If you or a loved one expresses a desire to age in place, make sure the home in question will allow for successful aging. There are three key factors that one should consider when evaluating a home for aging in place:
  • Accessibility. Is the home going to physically allow its residents to age in place? This isn’t always an easy question to answer. Look at the steps outside: Is there a railing? Could the interior stairwells accommodate a chair lift? Are the door knobs levers that will allow for easy use if hands become arthritic? Is there sufficient space in hallways and bathrooms for a wheelchair?
  • Safety. Hazards aren’t always obvious in a home for seniors. Choosing proper flooring can make a marked difference in safety. Since falls injure and even cause death for a large number of seniors every year, be sure to limit the number of trip hazards in the home. Area rugs, lofted floors, and marble thresholds all pose risks for tripping a senior. Instead, ensure that the flooring is on one level plane. To assist loved ones who have difficulties with vision, make sure lighting is more than adequate in hallways and doorways, and mark any stairs with high-contrast tape. Also, take a look at bathrooms to make sure tubs have grab bars and safety mats.
  • Keep things grounded. When possible, ensure that all essential items are on one floor. Having the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom on the ground floor will eliminate many risks that older people face when ascending or descending stairs.
If you aren’t sure whether your home is in “senior shape,” there are experts who can evaluate your home and offer suggestions. Remember, aging at home is only as practical as the home you’re aging in.  
 
  1. Rubber flooring: It’s not slick when wet; it’s easy to maintain; and it creates a soft surface that’s very forgiving both underfoot and if a fall does occur.
  2. Vinyl flooring: This is the most obvious flooring choice for easy maintenance. Stains aren’t an issue, and the floor won’t be scarred or scraped over time by a walker or wheelchair.
*NAIPC April, 2016
We needed more space and are delighted with our new offices in
Chevy Chase, Maryland (not too far from our old office in Bethesda). Nothing
else has changed - we continue to offer great services with amazing
staff and caregivers - we simply have a new address. 
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1020, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
We provide the best care available to clients and families with varying needs. Our team of nurses, nursing assistants, and care providers offers the following services:
  • Care Assessment
  • ADL (Activities of daily living)
  • Elder Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Short & Sweet
  • Medication Management
  • “Daughter Down the Street/Son Stopping By” Companion Service




 
Any question, any time, no matter where you are in your journey, one of our experienced care coordinators is available to listen and provide answers.

We’re available 24/7
1-866-687-7307

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Capital City Nurses Registry is a caregiver referral service founded in 1976. The registry staff helps clients and families locate qualified, independent Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to provide one-on-one care in the home or at medical facilities.

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Capital City Nurses serves the greater Washington, Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Annapolis areas including the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Delaware. We work with your schedule and come to you, wherever you are.

For more information, or to schedule a caregiver, call the Capital City
Nurses toll-free hotline at: 1-866-687-7307
 

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1323 Mt. Herman Rd.,
Suite 5B
Salisbury, MD 21804

410-572-5606

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D.C.
4900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 220
Washington DC, 20016

202-243-0110
 

Delaware
20771 Professional Park Boulevard
Georgetown, Delaware, 19947

302-752-1800


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485 Ritchie Highway
Suite 206 A
Severna Park, MD 21146

410-344-7495



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700 Princess St.
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314 


703-310-6635
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