While it may be an unfamiliar term to many, “aging in place” refers to seniors or elderly people choosing to live at home instead of moving into a senior living facility. This means that your loved ones must feel like they can live their daily lives in a way that accommodates their needs. Luckily, aging-in-place providers exist to make your life easier, helping you choose products for aging in place.
In this post, we’ll explore how aging in place works. Next, we’ll go into what you should keep in mind when designing a home for aging in place. Finally, we’ll discuss the best way to make sure your loved ones enjoy a safe, comfortable life in their home.
Aging In Place: Needs and Solutions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines aging in place to be “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
Most adults would much prefer to live in their homes as long as possible. The unfamiliarity of moving into a new environment, such as an assisted or senior living facility, at an advanced age can put undue stress on your loved one.
Naturally, this means that the person must have a residence that fulfills the requirements above. But, you’d be surprised to find out how many obstacles a senior can encounter during a typical day. With age comes issues with mobility, range of motion, and additional comfort requirements. For example, seniors with limited vision can need extra lighting, larger text around the house (such as on a television remote), and removing obstacles around the home.
More importantly, safety can become an issue, as seniors with limited mobility face the hazard of falling or injuring themselves. This means safety provisions are essential, such as handrails, grip bars, and open non-slip areas that minimize potential injury.
Critically, a significant contributor to their overall quality of life is taking care of basic hygiene needs. The bathroom, shower, and kitchen must be equipped to make this as comfortable and safe as possible for a senior.
Of course, all of this means choosing the right products for their needs.
Choosing Products for Aging in Place
There exist numerous products and services to facilitate the equipment of an aging-in-place arrangement. But which ones should you choose?
Home modifications include the installation of solutions around the home. For example, additional light switches, more prominent text labels, and a ceiling lift for tricky staircases. Also, safety modifications include other railings to hold onto, ramps for added mobility and wheelchair use, and non-skid flooring for bathrooms and kitchens. You can remove loose rugs and high barriers for added safety.
Bathrooms and showers must be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Walk or roll-in showers, adjustable showerheads, low-rise dams, and optimized layouts are all possible.
But where do you start? A total solutions provider can be a great source of expertise.
The Best Option: Contact a Dedicated Solutions Provider
A qualified provider, installer, and designer will ensure that all renovations work with the design of your home. However, they will also make sure that any installations are ADA-compliant and safe for residents. Professional home comfort companies can make the process much easier.
Fortunately, Home Comfort Solutions is a “total solution” provider, meaning we take care of everything for you: evaluation, installation, routine maintenance, and repair. We have over 30 years of combined experience in construction, and our job is to make sure you can age in place with dignity, comfort, and safety. Call us today with any of your questions at (713) 623-1388.