Resources for Disabled Seniors

Resources from AWorks

Just as we know that autistic children become autistic adults, so it is also true that autistic adults become autistic seniors. Many seniors, disabled or not, need additional help and services. Here we share with you some resources that might be useful to you or someone you love.

Best Walk-in Bathtubs (Retirement Living) – Every time we turn on our TVs, we are bombarded by ads about walk-in bathtubs. But who are we to believe? We and/or our elderly relatives need to to know which tubs are the best and most cost-effective. Retirement Living Information Center tested twenty-five well-known brands and came up with three that it considers to be the best.

A walk in bathtub is one of the most popular ways to bathe for seniors looking to age in place at home. Not only are they safer than regular bathtubs and walk-in showers, but they can even provide water-massaging joint relief and an easy way for seniors with mobility restrictions to safely bathe.

This is especially important for seniors, since falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits for the elderly. And the bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the house, with roughly 235,000 people going to the emergency room each year due to injuries in the bathroom. The elderly are particularly at risk, since injuries increase with age and peak at age 85. Around 28 percent of these emergency room visits are due to bathing.

The importance of safety in the bathroom, specifically the bathtub, was well-demonstrated by John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. After going into space, he slipped and fell in his bathtub, sustaining considerable injury,

Keeping Seniors and Special Needs Individuals Safe Around Construction (BigRentz) – Everywhere we look we see some sort of construction going on. This article by Lior Zitzman addresses the issue of safety around construction sites. The elderly and the disabled are particularly vulnerable to injuries or worse around such sites.

The possibility of a pedestrian bystander being the victim of a construction site injury is complicated when the pedestrian is a senior citizen or an individual who has a disability such as vision or hearing loss, or a mobility issue that make navigating potentially hazardous conditions that much more difficult.

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) protects the rights of the disabled, and outlines requirements for construction sites to help keep disabled bystanders protected from injury. By following the recommendations of the ADA, as well as recommended safety protections established by national safety organizations, the risk of a pedestrian injury at a construction site can be mitigated. Also, there are safety precautions that seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers should take anytime they are traveling in or around a construction site or roadway work zone.

Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors and Persons with Special Needs (Just Great Lawyers) – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 50 million people in the United States will be over 65. In just ten more years, one out of five people will fall into this category. According to the Disability Research Institute, today there are approximately 53 million people with some sort of disability. All of these people need special protection.

This article addresses the following:

  • Legal Considerations and Resources for Seniors
  • Legal Considerations and Resources for Those with Developmental Disabilities
  • Legal Considerations for Those with Physical Disabilities and Mobility Challenges

Should They Stay or Should They Go: Home Modifications and Selling Your Home (Home City) – If you or a loved one is disabled, sooner or later the question must be asked whether or not your home fills your needs. It is this that this post attempts to answer. There are links on the page with information that pertain to your or your loved one’s needs.

How to Save on Adaptive Equipment As You Care for Disabled or Senior Loved Ones (The Real Deal) – This post provides a guide to everything people need to know about buying assistive technology in a smart way. The objective is to get the necessary assitance without overspending on needed items.

Elderly with Autism: Executive Functions and Memory (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders) – “Cognitive autism research is mainly focusing on children and young adults even though we know that autism is a life-long disorder and that healthy aging already has a strong impact on cognitive functioning,” write the authors of this article, Hilde M. Geurts and Marlies E. Vissers. “We compared the neuropsychological profile of 23 individuals with autism and 23 healthy controls (age range 51–83 years). Deficits were observed in attention, working memory, and fluency. Aging had a smaller impact on fluency in the high functioning autism (HFA) group than in the control group, while aging had a more profound effect on visual memory performance in the HFA group. Hence, we provide novel evidence that elderly with HFA have subtle neuropsychological deficits and that the developmental trajectories differ between elderly with and without HFA in particular cognitive domains.”

Special Needs Seniors – Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population (Retiring Wise Blog) – The goal of this blog is to “provide you with a master list of resources that you can tap into to find solutions for your [disabled] loved ones.” Even if you are a disabled person who is self-sufficient today, the advise in this blog could help you prepare for your senior years. Covered in this blog are such items as financial and medical concerns, who will make decisions for you or your loved one, and challenges with social communication and understanding.