Preparing your home for aging in place now is an excellent investment in your future. Making simple home renovations such as installing grab bars and railings in bathrooms and bedrooms, a walk-in bathtub or roll-in shower for your bathroom, and widening doorways to accommodate the possible future use of wheelchairs or other durable medical equipment can make it easier for you physically and financially.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities bring large groups of people together to live under one roof. This can be very bad for the health of your loved ones for several reasons.
Furthermore, removing older individuals from a familiar environment can also increase feelings of isolation and loneliness, which often negatively impact a senior’s physical and mental health, and may lead to a deterioration in the senior’s overall quality of life.
Numerous studies have shown that seniors who can live independently within the familiarity and comforts of home are healthier, happier, and have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Aging-in-place in your home allows you to stay connected to your network of friends and family and maintain the relationships built up over many years residing in the same area.
One of the most significant benefits of preparing your home now for aging in place is the cost savings. Moving a senior into a nursing home or assisted living facility is very expensive, often costing several thousands of dollars each month. In addition, many of these facilities do not accept Medicare and other forms of long-term care insurance or payment assistance programs.
For seniors with severe medical conditions, home medical care services are available for a fraction of the cost of an assisted living facility. In addition, you also have greater control over the senior’s quality of care by choosing your own home care service. Seniors under institutional care are stuck with whoever the facility selects to provide care and support for your loved one.
Give us here at Lift and Care Systems a call. We have assisted individuals and their caregivers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island with aging-in-place preparations for over 20 years. We have the name-brand durable medical equipment that you need for aging in place, such as Surehands Lift Systems, Bruno Stair Lifts, and Health Craft accessibility products (just to name a few). Contact us today for a free consultation at (508) 465-5254 or fill out our online contact form to speak to one of our durable medical equipment specialists today.