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Home Modifications to Make Older Lives Easier

Mike Mitka
JAMA. 2001;286(14):1699-1700. doi:10.1001/jama.286.14.1699.
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Physicians are trained in medicine, but should they also learn interior design? In some ways, yes, say medical and other experts who believe home modification can reduce injuries and improve lifestyle for older patients, those aged 65 and up.

Rosemary Bakker (left) with Arlene Sussillo following a home assessment. Sussillo uses a bed handle that allows her to get out of bed without the assistance of a home care giver. (Photo credit: Rosemary Bakker)

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Rosemary Bakker (left) with Arlene Sussillo following a home assessment. Sussillo uses a bed handle that allows her to get out of bed without the assistance of a home care giver. (Photo credit: Rosemary Bakker)

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