- March 11, 2020
- Posted by: Sharon Greenthal
- Category: empty nest
Unlike before, seniors today prefer aging in place. This trend is partly driven by the rapid growth of the senior population, together with the rising costs of long-term care. Broader service abilities and technology facilitates services like home delivery, which makes it easier for the aged to live independently in their homes.
After spending decades raising their families in their homes, many older adults wish to live with cherished memories in the same homes. Simple tasks like opening doors may become a struggle for a senior living alone.
Here are some tips on home remodeling to support aging in place that will save you a substantial amount of money as well as help them maintain their freedom. The adjustment range from simple home remodeling to larger projects, but all aim to make the home comfortable for the aging person.
Pay Attention to the Needs and Difficulties of the Aging
Observe how dad or mom gets around when you visit, especially if the parent or guardian lives alone. Consulting a doctor or other medics will help you understand your parents’ struggles and their abilities better. A consultant that specializes in home modification and can coordinate with their health care team is a plus.
Go through each room and identify possible problems areas like those that have slipping hazards, difficult doors to open, or potential tripping. Look out for areas that are difficult to maintain and access, then change.
Engage a Professional to Do An Assessment of Your Home
Only trained advisors perform Comprehensive Home Safety Assessment, which includes the home exterior, all rooms including bathrooms, entry areas, fire safety, lighting evaluation, and electrical safety.
A recommendation for home safety and fall prevention is then prepared, modifications suggested, and the professional recommend vetted and pre-screened providers within.
Remove unnecessary rugs or furniture. The more room you create the better. Ensure there are clear pathways and plenty of space to walk.
Talk to your Occupational Therapist about Remodels
An OT (Occupational Therapist) will help you start if you are already working with one. Due to a strong understanding of how individuals function in their space, OTs’ recommendations are crucial in enhancing a functional and safe home environment.
The person-centered focus ensures that modifications made to meet the current and future needs of the occupants.
Consult a Specialist
CAPS, also known as Certified Aging in Place Specialist, are contractors with specialized training in remodeling homes to accommodate seniors. Consider an expert in the field to help you if you are changing your parents’ house into an age in place. Such experts would also advise on the doors that will accommodate things like wheelchairs.
Create One No-Step Entry into the Home
While it is a great idea to have a no-step entry, consider covering the entry to protect against some elements. A no-step home entry is convenient for a senior living alone. You will also need good drainage as the doorway will be at the same level as the outside walking surface.
Besides the hinge preventing any catching on wheelchairs, the door once open is out of your way with pocket doors. You may need to increase the width of some doorways, and when swinging doors do not work, pocket doors will do the trick. Select a door that is both a functional and beautiful door.