Local and National information:
- Alabama Connect – to assist older adults, individuals with disabilities and their family members locate services they might need as well as other information that might be of interest.
- Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham – Provides assistance in Birmingham including Training, Nursing Home Transition, etc. as well as links to local organizations.
- www.agingcare.com – Connects people caring for elderly parents.
- http://www.ageinplace.org/ – Covers a wide range of topics including Elder Law, financial, travel, physical therapy options, etc.
- www.agingpro.com – for seniors, their caregivers, and professionals.
- www.aarp.org – A A R P
- www.aoa.gov – Federal government’s Administration on Aging.
- www.ataccess.org – Alliance for Technology Access.
- www.retiredamericans.org – Similar to AARP, though on a smaller scale.
- www.ada.gov – Americans with Disabilities Act – the technical specifications, primarily for public access, but also useful for residential.
- www.agingwellmag.com – Mostly for geriatric professionals, but with an online magazine of general interest.
- www.aapd.com – American Association of People with Disabilities – advocacy group for people with disabilities.
- www.healthfinder.gov – Tips on keeping healthy by the Federal government.
- www.n4a.org – Another Federal advocacy program, but with several consumer publications of interest.
- Nursing Home Abuse Guide Was created so families and loved ones could seek answers on elder abuse and neglect. From Injury types to claims, nursing home abuse guide covers an extensive amount of elder abuse discourse. Each year, 1/10 seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are abused or neglected. Only 1/5 of those incidents actually goes on to be reported. Nearly 65% of those abused are women. Letï¿½s help raise awareness, get families the help they need, and make life safer for our seniors.
- http://www.naric.com/ – National Rehabilitation Information Center – Some hidden gems of information and links to resources including Alabama resources.
- www.ncil.org – National Council on Independent Living – Links about: Youths, Veterans, and Seniors with disabilities, Alzheimer’s, hearing impaired, blind, brain injury, etc.
- www.nia.nih.govNational Institute on Aging has links to more than 350 national health and aging organizations.
- www.retirement-living.com– Retirement Living – General interest articles including: decision making, transportation, money matters, recreation, etc.
Products – General
- www.lowes.com – Lowes has a huge assortment of in-stock or special order products designed for aging in place, universal design or adaptive access.
- www.homedepot.com – Home Depot’s website has a huge selection of products to choose from to complete your projects.
Products – specific need
The purpose of this section is not to endorse any specific product or manufacturer, but to give you an idea of some of the options available
- www.noskidding.com – Sometimes all it takes is some very inexpensive no-skid tape to provide safer access.
- www.greatgrips.com – Or it might be an easy to install doorknob cover.
- www.disabledhands.com For those who need a helping hand.
- www.kidsafeinc.com – Extensive product offerings.
- www.power-access.com – Automated door opener.
- www.best-bath.com – Accessible showers, walk-in tubs and accessories.
- www.freedomshowers.com – Accessible showers, walk-in tubs and accessories.
- shelfgenie.com – Shelf Genie gives easy access to items in your pantry, cabinets, bathroom and garage.
- www.rev-a-shelf.com – Pull-down shelf inserts, small kitchen appliance lifts, closet organizers, Lazy Susans, and more.
- www.medramps.com – MedRamps has numerous wheelchair ramp solutions.
- http://www.reddteam.com/ – Redd Team also has many wheelchair ramp and walkway solutions.
- www.automatedliving.com – Home Automated Living lets you control lights and appliances by voice commands or through your computer.
Again, the purpose is not to endorse any particular company, but to serve as a springboard to help you discover new possibilities.
- alzstore.com – The Alzheimer’s Store with products for Early, Middle and Later stage.
- www.dynamic-living.com – Many practical inexpensive options for accessibility whether in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or car. Has reviews and ratings by customers for many products.
- www.flaghouse.com – FlagHouse focuses on education, exercise and recreation products for special needs people from early years through adult in six different e-catalogs.
- www.parentgiving.com – Products, many articles, links to Birmingham resources, etc.
- http://www.pattersonmedical.com/ – Primarily designed for hospitals, but has many products of interest for consumers.