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Bristol Area Lions Club Learns About Safety in the Home 10/05/2012

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King Lion John Janell thanks Bob Hardina for his motivating presentation on safety in the home. Photo by Herb Watson, E.H

With Lincoln County having the oldest per capita population in the country, issues of aging are of paramount importance to all of its residents.
In the first of a two-part program on aging in place, Bob Hardina addressed the Bristol Area Lions Club on making the home safe.

A retired pastor, college instructor, and founder of Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Hardina urged all in attendance to consider home modifications that will allow one to stay in one’s own home indefinitely.

With the costs of assisted living increasing steadily, aging in place can be much more affordable, according to Hardina. However, with the majority of housing stock unsafe for the elderly to inhabit, it is imperative upon the homeowner to make some modifications.

Examples of such modifications include replacing a tub with a seated shower, replacing a vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink to accommodate a walker, installing grab bars, eliminating scatter rugs, and when structurally possible, widening doorways for wheelchair access. Converting a first floor space to a bedroom is much less expensive than installing a stair lift, and moving a washer/dryer to a first floor closet is much safer than risking injury from climbing up and down basement stairs.

The critical goal of such changes, emphasized Hardina, is for a senior to maintain independence in his or her own home.

In the business meeting that followed Hardina’s talk, Treasurer Michael Hope congratulated the Bristol Lions on a successful summer of fundraising, which helps to support local charities in addition to several academic scholarships. The Building Committee then reported on an upcoming flooring project in the Willing Workers Hall that is being funded by a gift from the Willing Workers.

At the next meeting of the Bristol Lions, on Monday October 15, the second installment of the Club’s aging in place program will be presented by Andrea Handel of Eldercare of Lincoln County, who will speak on In-Home Care Options. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-6191, and to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact John Janell at 563-7402.

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