Caring for an Aging Parent

By Suzanne Gainey

Do you have an aging loved one who needs care? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. Of those who need care, 51% of care recipients live in their own home, 29% live with their family caregiver, and only 4% live in nursing homes and assisted living situations.

Based on these numbers, an overwhelming percentage of the aging population has chosen to remain in their own home and age in place. The ability to safely age in place is most successful when seniors have a dedicated caregiver who can check in on them regularly. If this is not an option, many families modify their loved one’s living quarters to reduce the possibility for falls or other injury in the home.

There are many resources available, including our Aging in Place Guide, which includes Fall Injury Prevention Solutions for you and your loved one to consider and implement. As a caregiver, we understand that you cannot be there around the clock, but you can definitely experience greater peace of mind by installing safeguards to help protect your loved one in their home.

At SmartCells, we know that decisions regarding the care of your loved one can quickly become stressful and overwhelming. Our aim is to help you reduce the possibility of fall-related injuries by installing SmartCells Fall Protection mats or flooring in the home of your loved one. We offer standard sized area mats as well as full custom flooring options with solutions to fit any space and any budget. We even offer in-house financing options for those who qualify.

For more information regarding SmartCells Fall Protection Flooring, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation please call us at 360-748-8711 or e-mail us at