Your home holds many memories, not to mention a significant financial investment. The idea of leaving the neighbourhood and nearby friends, beginning new routines, finding new medical professionals, or even a new grocery store or pharmacy can seem daunting. To support a senior’s desire to age in place, families are seeking out professionals to assist with modifying their current home.
The challenges of home modifications are well-documented in our industry. Solutions need to be customized and can vary for every client, even though they may share the same age or disability level. It is important to note that while many solutions are physical in nature, the heart your family shares with their loved one will make all the difference!
The following are not professionals, however, they have all provided tips to help a senior desire to age in place. We would like to share them with you and hope they will inspire new ideas for your clients...what works for one may not work for another. Family members often possess the most insight as they live or have lived through, alongside, and love their senior family member.
Before you begin to research or select services, there are several things to consider. The following can help guide your decisions:
What is the current home situation? Does a parent have adequate support systems in place, like cleaning and shopping which reduce the need for physical modifications? Are there opportunities that would allow for a parent to age in place, while still allowing the family to be involved, like mobile care and home health aides?
If you decide that a senior should move from their current residence, would they require additional support services such as transportation? Will moving into an independent or assisted living facility help maintain safety and quality of life needs? Is there a way to help with the budget?
Also, there are many online resources available to find reputable home modification companies that can provide a range of services. While they may have physical changes in common, furniture placement and safety solutions will vary by client. Below please find additional information from families who have shared their experiences for other families seeking advice on how to age in place.