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Medical News & Perspectives
October 10, 2001

Home Modifications to Make Older Lives Easier

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JAMA. 2001;286(14):1699-1700. doi:10.1001/jama.286.14.1699

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.

While home improvement advocates do not mean physicians should become architects, they do say making suggestions to patients to modify their homes can improve their lives. Fairly simple changes may in some cases enable an elderly man or woman to keep living among friends and neighbors rather than have to move to an "assisted living" residence.