Home Improvements for the Elderly
If your parents are getting up there in years, you may have had the discussion about whether it’s better for them to stay put or go to an assisted living facility. It’s a pretty safe bet that your parents prefer to stay in their home. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of home improvement projects that can help your mother or father stay at home.
These home improvement renovations will help make daily life easier for seniors who want to remain in their homes:
In-home monitoring service.
It may not help your parents move around easier, but these services allow everyone to worry less about an elderly person at home alone. Many “smart” homes with burglar alarms, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detection systems are also starting to offer in-home monitoring services for seniors. For example, AT&T will launch Digital Life Care next year, and BeClose.com will place sensors throughout a home so families can monitor a loved one’s movements.
These can be helpful for seniors who have trouble climbing in and out of the bathtub. But think it through before you rush out and buy one. Since you have to get in the tub and shut the door and then turn on the water, your loved one may not enjoy sitting in the buff, waiting for the water to fill the bathtub.
You can find quite a few stair lifts online for less than $3,000, but they also run $10,000 and up. And don’t forget installation, since this is a project you probably don’t want to do yourself.
This may be necessary if your loved one is traveling throughout the house in a wheelchair. Cost depends on too many factors to throw out a number. But expect to pay at least a couple hundred per doorway.
If either of your parents is wheelchair-bound, or you think that day is coming, this is a must. The average price for a disability ramp ranges from about $1,500 to $2,000.
Grab bars for the bathroom.
These are bars located in the bathtub and next to the toilet, which may make someone unsteady feel more confident. They can be purchased for as little as $20, or a simpler solution is a special commode unit with handles that fits right over your existing toilet for around $40.
One of the easiest and cheapest improvements is to switch traditional round doorknobs with lever-style doorknob handles. That can simplify a senior’s life considerably and you can expect to pay $10 to $20 per handle.
These are just a few suggestions for home improvements but for more information
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