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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2015

 

Aging in place with a disability

Karen Hagrup, St. Louis, Missouri

Although I was only three-and-a-half when I contracted polio, I was 51 years old before I actually started investing in making my living space accessible and functional for my needs and daily living activities. Sixteen years and four living spaces later, I moved into my current apartment, and, for the first time ever, I live in a place where I would like to stay for the rest of my life.

It took a good chunk of money to transform a condo in a 90-plus-year-old building into a comfortable and accessible home. But more important than the money, was the support I received for “bucking conventions” when organizing my space. The result is an apartment where I can expect to age in place with my disability. While adapting to inevitable functional changes over time, in this space I expect to remain independent doing my daily life activities for years to come.

Some of the basic accessibility features are shown in these pictures from my living space.

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