The golden years of retirement should be a time of relaxation where one can enjoy doing what they love most in the comfort of their home. The truth is, however, there are often physical struggles that get in the way of this. For instance, one might find it harder to move around the house with ease, have difficulty with bathing, or find it harder to cook a nutritious meal by themselves. “It becomes a challenge because we live in Peter Pan houses, designed for people who never grow old,” said Susan Bosak, a social scientist who oversaw a program to boost intergenerational engagement. Aging in Place says an overwhelming amount of seniors plan to stay in their current homes. Read the full article here.
Maybe you’ve discovered that Mom and Dad have been having these issues but would like to stay at home for as long as possible. This likely means making some adjustments to the home. Fortunately, there is a way to make re-modeling happen in a timely, cost-effective manner. Fixr.com suggests it can take $350 to $9,500 on average to remodel a home for elderly care. This, of course, varies greatly on the amount of work needed and your location.
The re-modeling depends on what type of care you need as well. For instance, if mobility is an issue, you may consider widening doorways or installing ramps. If vision is an issue, installing light sensors that turn on when someone enters the room may be a consideration. It may be as simple as installing “grab rods” costing only $150 on average. It may even be as simple as lowering counter space height from the average 36 inches to 34 inches so they are more accessible to wheelchair users. You may find this is the best option for your parent or loved one who may not necessarily need full-time care in a senior living community.
When it comes to remodeling homes for seniors, there is plenty of research to support you. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 seniors over the age of 65 have fallen while at home each year. Falls are more likely within homes that don’t offer physical supports such as non-slip rugs. Similarly, senior remodeling is a growing market within the construction field. The number of contractors certified in remodeling homes for the elderly grows each year as the public realizes the many benefits they have to offer. Kris Lindahl Real Estate created a room-by-room guide beneficial improvements and helpful tips to minimize fall risks and increase accessibility.
With so many options for support, from remodeling and home health to senior living, it’s important to understand the costs, benefits, and lifestyles each of these options offer. After all, the most important thing is to ensure the comfort and safety of those you love.
For recommendations on realtors, repairs, home health, or senior living options in your area, please reach out to the community nearest you.