Staying in their Homes
If you haven’t seen all the Bathfitters(and related like company) ads, you must live in a Siberian cave. Between ads on making the bathroom safe for the elderly, reverse mortgage ads and home health service company ads, one would believe that there will never be a need to leave the house one loves.
Frequently, the question is more complex than a new bath or having someone help with house keeping items. Often modification to the home and modifications to ones life style is mandated by aging. No matter the reason that a senior wishes to stay in their home, both service providers and family member must listen closely to the senior’s wishes. Legitimately, the Senior should feel in control of his/her destiny.
Thus, it is important that we who are younger help our parents and other loved ones understand the option available to them. A desire to stay in the home requires a detailed look at the home’s structure and amenities.
The “Easy Upgrades” noted in the attached article may be all that is needed to allow the Senior to stay in the house. Perhaps more will be needed.
Determining what is needed is a crucial 1st step. You shouldn’t delay the discussion.
Easy Upgrades Make Your Home Senior-Friendly
As you, your parents and your loved ones age, your homes may not age so well along with them. The editors and experts at The Family Handyman recommend these cost-effective DIY upgrades to make your homes safer and more senior-friendly.
Widen doorways with offset hinges
Often, folks find that they need to widen their doorframes as they get older and start to use a cane, walker or wheelchair. It’s an expensive and complicated job, but consider expandable offset door hinges to help find spaces easier to maneuver.
Replace toggle switches with rocker switches
Rocker-style switches are easier for arthritis hands to press flat than toggle switches. The big on/off plate can be operated with a simple finger, knuckle or even an elbow and they’re easier to find day or night.
A showerhead grab bar is a big help
Say “grab bar” and most people picture round, institutional looking bathroom aids. But bathroom fixture manufacturers are responding to a surge in the number of seniors by offering many very fashionable options that look elegant and natural. A grab bar can be a lifesaver for those with limited mobility or who prefer to shower while seated.
Add keyhole lights
This quick solution can prevent a lot of frustration, and many come with solar power so you don’t even need batteries. No more fumbling in the cold looking for your keys.
Extend stair rails
One in three seniors will fall this year and 20 percent of those falls will contribute to their deaths. Help them out by putting a bench near steps or extending crucial stair rails.
Get LED lightbulbs
The average home has 40 lightbulbs. Changing a burnt-out bulb often involves climbing a ladder or step stool and risking a fall. Replace lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs to cut down the need for the homeowner to change the lightbulb
Chesapeake Real Estate: Seniors Staying Home