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A Home for Aging In Place

Home for Aging in Place

Does Your House Fit?

Making changes is difficult at any time in our lives but making changes in your home environment when you reach middle age may indeed save your life. For those of us who have reached our 60’s we find that carrying out common everyday tasks have gotten more difficult because we are losing muscle mass, bones are getting brittle, eyesight is no longer 20x20 and we can no longer hear the bells chime. When we are working, caring for family members, participating in community activities, attending social engagements we don’t have the time to take a look at the home around us. How many of us have been shocked to learn that climbing the stairs is no longer a piece of cake?

As a member of the Baby Boomer generation and working for years in the field of providing services to the elderly and people with disabilities, we know what it’s like to gain in years while losing physical abilities. We would like to offer a presentation on Aging-In-Place, and what it means to each of us. We can cover such topics as:

  • Why have a home assessment?
  • Keeping safe
  • Staying connected
  • Current housing choices
  • Community concerns, and more...

If you have a particular subject along these lines you would like for us to cover just let us know and we will make sure we cover it. To schedule a presentation, please contact Sue Salters at (860) 523-5021x104 or


At Independence Unlimited, we know that having your house more accessible to you does not always mean you will have more independence. Many places in the community have barriers to independent living such as curbs, steps, narrow doors or aisles, or people are unaware of the needs of people with disabilities or issues that come with aging. In order to help you be as independent as possible, Independence Unlimited will ask you where you want to go in the community and then we will check it out to see if it is accessible to you. We will provide technical assistance to the business community where you live to help them understand the barriers you have in visiting their business or agency. We will provide information and training to the community about the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability legislation as well as resources for making modifications or increasing positive customer service.

Independence Unlimited is your one stop shop to maintaining or obtaining your independence in the community you choose. Call us today for information and assistance. The above project is partially funded by the North Central Area Agency on Aging.

We Can Help

Let us help you stay at home and prevent the loss of independence, privacy and community connections that is the heartbreak of living in a nursing facility.
From our unique perspective as Disability Advocates, the staff of Independence Unlimited understands your need for your home to be safe and comfortable so you are happy living there the rest of your life if you choose.

AARP studies show that most individuals over 65 years of age want to stay in their own home as long as they can. Most likely that will mean making some structural changes to your home to meet your present and future needs. Many of us would rather “put up with things” than make the necessary, sometimes costly modifications to our living environment as we grow older.

But at what cost is the risk of a sudden fall, a hospital stay, surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation. 1.8 million people over the age of 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for accidents at home. Don’t let you or your loved one be among that number. As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

What we can do for you:

  • Evaluate your present home environment
  • Use an extensive checklist to cover all areas
  • Point out potential problems
  • Suggest changes to benefit your lifestyle
  • Offer information on assistive technology & daily living aids
  • Tell you about resources in your community
  • Identify other housing options
  • Submit a thorough report for your review & future use

Call us today at (860) 523-5021 for a free consultation.
Ask for Sue Salters:
~ Aging In Place Specialist ~
~ Information and Referral Spec. ~
~ Visitability Specialist ~

Independence Unlimited, Inc
151 New Park Ave, Ste. D
Hartford, CT 06106

New Park Office & Conference Center
151 New Park Ave.
North Annex | Suite D
Hartford CT 06106

860-523-5021 Voice/TTY

860-523-5603 Fax

Independence Unlimited (IU) is a non-residential, non-profit center for in dependent living that serves a diverse population in 38 cities and towns mainly in Hartford County. Established in 1982, IU is governed and managed primarily by people with disabilities.

Major funding for Independence Unlimited is provided by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration on Community Living, CT Department of Rehabilitation Services, private grants, fee for service and individual donations.

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Independence Unlimited is open and affirming and welcomes all people regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, nationality, physical or mental disability.