According to an AARP study, 89% of Americans (age 50+) want to remain in their homes as long as they can. If this is the future you envision for yourself or aging loved ones, it is crucial to plan in advance to make this goal a reality.
As Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, George and Leah Pessolano are qualified to evaluate homes for access and maneuverability concerns and perform the necessary modifications.
What is Aging-In-Place?
Aging-in-place means living in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability level.
Most adults fear they will have to leave their home one day because of the challenges that come with a chronic illness or aging and for obvious reasons they want:
||To remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings
||To remain independent and in control of their own lives
||To preserve their daily routines, regular contact with friends and neighbors, and activities they enjoy
Unfortunately, an illness or accident – even inside the home – can make it difficult or even impossible for a person to remain in their home. Falls and accidents can actually be prevented through thoughtful planning and home improvements. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, home modifications and repairs may prevent 30-50% of all home accidents, including falls, among older adults.
Here is a partial list of modifications that can help prevent in-home accidents and make it easier for an elderly or disabled person to remain at home:
Grab Bars in Tub, Shower and Toilet Area
Comfort Height Toilets
Widened Doorways and Hallways
Enhanced Lighting and Adding Task Lighting
Creating a “No Step” Entryway
Non-Slip or Non-Skid Flooring
Storage Spaces with Pull-Out Drawers
Master Suite Addition to the Main Floor
Investing in aging-in-place modifications before facing a chronic illness or emergency situation can make the difference in whether an individual remains at home or has to move to a care facility.
Aging-in-place modifications can pay great dividends in peace of mind, quality of life and long-term savings!
Contact us now for a free consultation!
Learn More by Reading These Relevant Articles
Aging in Place, National Association of Home Builders
How Certified Specialists Can Help You Age in Place, AARP
What You Can Do To Prevent Falls, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Home Fall Prevention Checklist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Making Your Home Senior Friendly, National Aging in Place Council
Senior Home Safety, My Health Care Manager
A Housing Safety Checklist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Home Modification, US Dept of Health and Human Services – Administration on Aging
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Here's what some of our clients had to say:
"George not only does quality work but he has a unique ability to communicate, with a sense of care, which enhances everything he does. When he is working, he does not hurry things because he wants the job done right and that builds confidence in the customer."
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