The Good Life

Stay put or sell?

That’s the question many older people ponder as they move into their 70s and beyond.

Mostolder people settle on staying put, according to a recent survey by the Home Safety Council, a U.S. nonprofit. Staying put makes economic sense. It is not only more comfortable to live out your life in your own home, it’s much more affordable. But not necessarily safer.

So it’s a good idea to learn where the potential hazards lie and how you can reduce them. Many changes are simple and inexpensive, like removing area rugs and installing brighter bulbs in hallways.

If you have multiple medical issues, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist —  who specializes in home modifications. The therapist can analyze your potential challenges and your home’s shortcomings to come up with a plan that a contractor or handyman can easily follow.

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