As people age there are obviously changes that need to be made to their homes and environment. This is due in part to the changes in their ability to get around. Necessary modifications to homes will range depending upon the individual’s needs and budget. Generally a home assessment needs to be done to determine a list of priorities.
The #1 priority of course needs to be safety. A fall can be detrimental. The consequences can range from further mobility limitations to relocation to an extended care facility. If the later is necessary the family will for one find themselves dealing with a crisis. The emotional stress incurred having to uproot a family member even for a temporary basis can take its toll. This is not to mention the huge financial burden. Currently the average monthly cost in America for an assisted living or nursing home is $6500. This does not include the rehabilitation services required. Thus being able to age IN place becomes the drive of many.
Other considerations are if any others are living in a home. More and more are taking senior family members into their home to care for such. All household member needs will have to be considered. A home assessment can be self conducted and there may be many modifications that can be self remedied. The internet can offer some information on what can be done. If the determination is to consult a home remodeler, make sure that this individual is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist, CAPS.
They have been trained by the National Association of Home Builders Association, NAHB, to offer sound guidance on what can be done. Their knowledge of product availability can be of great asset. Below is a link to the NAHB website Directory of Professionals with Home Building Designations. This will allow you to key in your area and CAPS designation.
We hope this information does help you. Of course we are available to assist you further. Feel free to contact us anytime. Houses for living…Houses for life
Nick Falletta,the owner of ReBath of SWVA has earned the CAPS designation. He also instructs other professionals to become CAPS with the NAHB