#ElderCareChat 8/1/12 Recap: Home Modifications for Caregivers

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 03 August 2012

Another great #ElderCareChat conversation took place this week, and again, our discussion hit the Twitter #trending list!

Given our last dialogue on helpful technologies available to caregivers, Wednesday’s chat on helpful home modifications was a perfect follow-up. As always, a gathering of thoughtful people who care about elders and caregivers shared a wealth of wonderful ideas throughout the hour. (A little side note: when I review the transcript in preparation for compiling this recap post, I’m always blown away by the high level of professionalism, warmth, innovation and intelligence coming from our participants. I’m also amazed at how many great tweets I miss during moderation; it’s hard to keep up, but that’s certainly a good problem to have.)

The following questions, which took us through each room of the house and included an opportunity for members to share ideas for a great modification invention, framed our discussion:

Q1. Which home modifications do you use?
Q2: How do we overcome the perception that home modifications are just for “older people?”
Q3. You have a client who is homebound and won’t consider a ramp because of how it looks. What do you do?
Q4: Which modifications can be useful in the kitchen?
Q5. Which modifications can be useful in the bedroom and bathroom?
Q6. Which modifications can be useful in the living room (or family room)?
Q7. Which modifications can be useful outside the house?
Q8: If you could invent a modification, what would it be?
Q9. Which modifications help an individual with Alzheimer’s?

Review these highlights:

For more insights, check out the full transcript (thanks to our friends at The Fox Group) for providing this fantastic service). Click here to review and share it. An attendance record (assembled in a collage of participants’ avatars) and other stats can be found here: #ElderCareChat analytics.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, August 15th at 1pm ET. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join us — anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services you — or the company you represent — have to offer.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Kaye Swain says,

    Thanks so much for regularly providing this excellent resource. It’s been such a help, full of useful info and links. Great for all caregivers, including those of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for our aging parents and relatives. We really appreciate it.


    on 16 August 2012 / 11:51 AM

  2. Kaye, thank YOU for being such a strong supporter of our forum! I’m so glad to hear this positive feedback from someone whose opinion we at SFL value tremendously!

    We appreciate you and are thrilled to know that our #ElderCareChat is a helpful resource to caregivers of all ages and stages.


    on 20 August 2012 / 12:24 PM


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