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Mom on a roll, up the mountain!

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BTW, the photo in the background, is of Mom "climbing" Mt. Rainier last summer, in her mobility scooter. We were really pleased with the power of her scooter*, that just zoomed right up the path, even when it was quite steep. (That's my sister Maggie, trying to keep up with the scooter!)

Mom climbed Mt. Rainier for real, when she was 18! By the time she was out of college she had climbed all the major peaks in the Pacific Northwest.

* Golden Buzzaround XL 4-wheel -- has been an excellent scooter; comes apart to fit in the back of car. I modified it (with help of local iron worker) to carry her folding walker. (I'll make more posts about that.)

 

Stay At Home!

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Over the last few years, I've learned a lot about how to help my elderly mother (age 93) stay living independently in her own home. The goal of this site is to document those solutions, with the hope of making it easier for others to keep their loved ones safely at home.

To start, my mom does not have dementia and does not need actual nursing care. If either of those situations existed, she probably would need different solutions. 

Her main situation is that she has had a couple strokes, which damaged her left leg. She is strong, and can walk -- but only slowly, with difficulty, and with a walker. She is also fairly deaf.

We have figured out many modifications and devices in her home that assist with those problems. Luckily her home is flat, although there is one small (4" step) at each external door.

In the USA, it's very common to think that elderly or infirm people need to go into "assisted living" or a "nursing home". But, those places are very expensive ($60-$80K is common, often with a much larger down payment) and not the most pleasant environments. Who wouldn't want to stay in their own home, if they can safely do so? Read on -- in many cases you can do it!

 

Testing status updates on my new site. Thanks so much to Ben and Amy for getting me going!