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Aging in Place Home Modifications
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Ask any person and they will tell you that they’d prefer to spend their twilight years in their own house — where they’ve made a lifetime of memories. And, NOT in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Fortunately, with the aid of technology, availability of services such as home meal delivery, and universal designs — aging in place home modifications are easy enough.
Consequently, many senior citizens can turn their beloved home into a safe haven and continue to keep their independence intact. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP, as many as 90 percent of seniors above the age of 65 plan on living in their own homes.
As a result, the number of remodeling companies or certified aging in place specialists carrying out aging in place home modifications are also on a rise. They endeavor to make life for senior residents easier and more convenient — without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of the house.
To clarify, aging in place refers to a senior person continuing to live in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able to. Needless to say, aging in place improves their quality of life and adds comfort — while maintaining their physical health. Most importantly, it takes care of all safety hazards.
There’s no doubt that aging in place is a lot cheaper and comfortable than living in a nursing home that can cost around $50,000 a year. In contrast, the national average of adding aging in place home modifications is about $10,000.
Of course, the total remodeling cost depends on the extent of work, size of the dwelling, and the area zip code. If you’re looking for financial assistance to carry out these home modifications, you can explore all your loan options, including a reverse mortgage. Also, do contact your local area agency on aging. They might be of considerable help.
These modifications are home improvements to accommodate the changing needs of the elderly or disabled. Most importantly, the physical changes are made keeping the slow mobility and diminishing physical strength of aged people in mind.
Some of these aging in place home modifications could be as simple as changing the water faucet handles to include levers instead of knobs or as detailed as installing a ramp in the entryway. Or, setting up a completely separate mother-in-law suite on the premises.
So, if you or someone you love needs help with aging in place home modifications, we’ve prepared a list of common home modifications that are the key to a dignified, independent way of life.
Exterior design and entryway
Add ramps in your home’s entry and exits for easy wheelchair access as well as eliminating the need to navigate steps.
Install a roof or canopy over the main entrance to protect aged home dwellers from inclement weather.
Doorways and walkways
Keep at least 36” of clearance for interior doorways and walkways in order to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
Opt for touch-less faucets for people with arthritis or grip issues.
Replace twist faucet handles with levers.
Install anti-scald faucets in order to prevent sudden bursts of hot water.
Lower the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees or less.
Install smart devices that can enhance the safety and comfort level of the inhabitants.
Opt for useful tools such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home that can help the older adults make calls, play music, get news and weather updates, and much more without having to get up.
If you want to monitor your loved ones’ movement as well as their vitals, you can make use of wearable technology such as smartwatches and shoe insoles.
Outfit special sensors, home monitoring systems, or home automation security to alert an emergency care service or family member of an abnormal entry.
Aging in Place Home Modifications was last modified: July 30th, 2020 by Ramona Sinha
Written by Ramona Sinha
July 20, 2020
Ramona is a content writer for Kukun. This experienced blogger uses simple and succinct words to decipher the complex phenomenon called life. An avid traveler, she’s a digital nomad at heart and an animal lover from the depths of her soul.
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