Do you have an aging parent or a loved one whom you would like to help? Perhaps you are a senior looking for a way to modify your home to suit your needs. Here is a guide on how to get started on renovating a house to make it safer for the elderly:
What home modifications to invest in
You can start with non-slip ramps with grab handles to make moving around safe and easy. Another great investment is a tub seat or a walk-in bathtub for seniors. Elevating seats and appliances also aid in reducing bending. For the same reason, it would be a good idea to redesign storage spaces so that drawers are neither too high nor too low. If the fund can still accommodate a modification, install easy switches that require less pressure than regular ones.
Which areas to focus on
Bathrooms, kitchens, and elevated areas should be the first places to improve primarily for safety reasons. Did you know that every 11 seconds a senior is rushed to the emergency room for injury due to slips and falls, many of which are fatal? It has also been reported that accidents frequently happen after getting in or out of the tub. Bending to access items, such as clothes and dishwashers also causes physical strain and stress on the elderly.
How to get funding
Low-income individuals can apply for Medicaid waivers, also known as Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers, which enable home care for those in the lower income bracket. Non-profits such as Rebuilding Together or Area Aging Agency are also there to assist, but the best thing to do is to coordinate with state or local agencies first. Reverse mortgages are options but considering the interest rates for this type of loan, it’s best reserved as the last resort.
The key is to ensure comfort, safety, and independence. These key factors can spell a big difference in the quality of life of seniors.