As the median age in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding areas increases from 40 to 44 years old, some people are starting to consider retiring to warmer climates. Florida and Texas are widely becoming popular “retirement destinations” for our rapidly aging population. However, there is a key segment of our community that wants to remain living safely in their houses well beyond their golden years. As you age, things that were something you didn’t give much thought to in your earlier years become potentially life threatening issues later on in life. Jim Thorpe is a beautiful, small town community and a lot of people who live here love it and don’t want to leave. Here are three tips we can offer you to help make your home a safe place to live out the remainder of your life.
Install A DIY Home Automation Project
Although crime in Jim Thorpe is almost 50% lower than the rest of the country (and 39% lower than the Pennsylvania average) living safe in your home is still something you should consider a top priority. Today, there are very simple Do It Yourself home security systems you can install. A fantastic option is the JAQX system. JAQX is a DIY Home Automation Project that allows homeowners to install various pieces such as wireless smoke detectors, door sensors and window sensors. JAQX can be installed all at once, or piece by piece, over time. They even include cellular based central station monitoring for a true “living safely at home” experience.
Living Safely by Installing A Walk In Tub or Hydrotherapy Shower
Two thirds of most household accidents occur in the bathroom. As a person ages, it becomes more and more difficult to maneuver around the bathroom safely. Slips and falls in the tub can become a life or death situation for a senior citizen or person living with a physical disability. Recently, we learned of a Phoenix based company, Expert Home Safety, that has partnered with some walk in tub installation contractors in the Philadelphia area to help deliver some quality walk in tub or hydrotherapy shower solutions. They offer 100% free in home consultations with a licensed occupational therapist who can discuss your unique situations.
Install a Stair Lift to Keep Your Second Floor Accessible
Many houses in Jim Thorpe, PA are traditional two story colonials. One of the most dangerous parts of these homes can be the second floor. Navigating stairs can be treacherous and almost impossible for people who are mobility impaired. Installing a stair lift can help maintain your safety while still giving you full access to your entire house. Combine that with the fact that a stair lift will, typically, not reduce the resale value of your home and you can see this will help make your home a safer place.