Home modifications to improve accessibility and usability (supported by home adaptation grants) can improve older adults sense of safety and control in their own home, while allowing them to remain in the same house for longer (Hwang, Cummings, Sixsmith, & Sixsmith, 2011).
Assistive technologies (e.g. monitoring alarms or sensors) could play a role in helping older adults to stay at home longer. Evidence from a recent large-scale clinical trial found that telecare was associated with reduced emergency hospital admissions (Steventon et al., 2012), but not reduced admission to long-term care (Steventon et al., 2013). However, the follow-up time (12 months) may have been too short to capture any benefits for remaining at home.