As I work longer in Senior Care, more and more resources become available. In the past few years, the Senior Care market has vastly expanded beyond healthcare. I am always amazed at the many possibilities allowing seniors to stay in their own homes. I was particularly interested in the following gentleman and his organization.
by Adam Mandel
While many seniors move to retirement communities or into institutional settings, more and more seniors are deciding not to take that path. In a recent survey, 89% of seniors said that they want to stay in their homes for the remainder of their lives. This is known as “Aging-in-Place.”
AARP defines Aging-in-Place as remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income or ability level. There are many high quality home health care and home companion services that assist seniors with remaining in their homes. Religious institutions and social services agencies also provide a wealth of services to enable people to age-in-place.
But what happens if a person needs to use a wheelchair or walker and there are front steps to get into the house and narrow doorways throughout the home? What if there are bathtubs, thick carpeting and other non-accessible features in the house? Does that mean the homeowner must move or be forced to live in one room?
We see this issue frequently, but fortunately there is a solution. It’s possible to make modifications in a home to make it safer and more accessible. In many cases, the cost of these renovations only represent a few month’s worth of expenses of assisted living or other senior living options.
One of the big concerns we hear when discussing remodeling is that the home owners do not want their house to look like a “nursing home.” Fortunately we can make the necessary modifications in a beautiful, non-institutional manner. There doesn’t have to be a trade-off. A well-designed home should be attractive and offer accessibility and safety for all residents and visitors.
In the next blog post, I’ll discuss our process to determine what types of modifications should be made as well as the top things that people want to change.
Adam Mandel is a co-founder of Independent Living Design (ILD) in Dallas. ILD designs and performs modifications in the homes of senior citizens and people with disabilities to improve safety and accessibility throughout the home. The goal is to allow people to remain comfortably in their homes as long as they desire (“aging in place”). Adam can be reached at amandel@ILDdfw.com or 214-273-7267.