Aging in Place
Aging in place is a term that refers to making changes in the home to allow older folks to live at home for as long as possible. Aging in place is a great concept to help people live at home as long as possible while aging while reducing the burden of the elderly on family and society alike.
Some of the basic concepts behind aging in place are to simply look at known limitations that people have while aging and modify the home to minimize the impact of these limitations. A few thousand dollars in modifications could save tens of thousands on costs for assisted living facilities. The biggest benefit is that seniors can delay or avoid the emotional stress of moving out of their home. Here are a few basic concepts on aging in place:
- Prevent Falls: Falls are one of the biggest concerns with aging. By adding secure railings in the bathroom, by any stairs and creating ramps at entryways, the risk of falling can be greatly diminished. In addition, carpet and rugs should be on non-slip pads or securely fastened to the floor.
- Better Lighting: Another reason people fall is that they simple can't see. Steps should be clearly indicated with high-contrast color changes. Lighting should illuminate obstacles around the house. Light switches should be in accessible locations with outdoor switches (and some indoor switches) on automatic timers to assure good lighting when needed.
- Communications: Phones, cells phones and other electronics are often difficult for aging folks to handle. Replace these gadgets with simpler devices that are easy to use. Larger buttons and fewer features can make a huge difference, especially during times of distress.
- Special Concerns: Some people will develop special needs as they age.
At Nu Era Cedar Homes we can modify any home design to make is more useable as you gain in years, letting you enjoy your investment, your friends and family, in the comfort of your own home. Talk to us about how we can help.