By Deb Bokkamper, ASID/CAPS
Insurance companies, investment consultants, doctors and even our families are talking about Mom and Dad: you should start thinking about “aging in place”. Ok, but, we have questions.
- What is “aging in place”? Answer: making your home safe, functional and beautiful
- Why do I need to stay in my home? Answer: it is most cost effective to live in your home, rather than a retirement/senior living facility at astronomical pricing…but also, statistically, one lives healthier, happier and longer in their own homes.
- When would I need to prepare for “aging in place”? Answer: need to assess your present health conditions and any past family historical health factors that may occur to you in the near future. Also, evaluate your living conditions presently…is there need to rid of some of your stuff or your children’s?
- What are some first steps to make my home safe and functional?
Position illuminated large button on/off light switches in locations that can be reached from a wheelchair. New LED lighting is brighter and saves energy.
Be cautious of flooring, because it should not be slippery or hard in case of falls and carpet should be short weave as to not trip up a walker but has ease for a wheelchair.
In the bathroom, install a zero-threshold shower with a bench…this helps to eliminate the possibility of falling , yet provides easy access for wheelchairs or walkers.
Install grab bars; even if there is not a present need, make sure they can be anchored properly in the wall for future use…also, do not forget grab bars around the toilet and make the toilet have a higher seat, so it easy to sit down and stand up.
So, don’t be a fall or a hospital statistic…have a safe, functional, yet beautiful home you and your family will have peace of mind and you will live in your home for years to come.