Living at Home Safely
Updated: Mar 17
When someone determines that their limited abilities are keeping them from enjoying the full use of their home or safety is a concern, it is important to take a look at what improvements could make a difference. The first step is to find out how their home can meet their individual needs.
Assess Your Needs
Begin by determining you or your parent's daily routine and how the home is meeting those needs. There are organizations that offer on-line, comprehensive home assessments to determine what your needs are and to explain the solutions that will help you or your loved ones enjoy the home.
Choosing a Specialist
If you choose a specialist, it is important they are certified as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders. They should meet with you in your parents’ home to assess and determine needs. The home should not be an obstacle to normal living. The main goal is to assure that the home is a functional tool and safe for major life activities.
Next, you will want to determine what modifications you need to meet the goals. Professionals may suggest appropriate modifications, however, you should decide what best fits your needs and budget. Professionals should understand and respect the fact that there may be limiting factors to what you, the customer want. Home modifications are about helping your loved ones live life to the fullest while appreciating the costs to do so.
Finding the Solution That Works for You
Community resources may be available to help finance modifications. For example, some contractors can recommend different financing options or suggest ways to save money through tax incentives. Throughout every stage of the project, you need to make sure that you are the one in charge and that service providers are helping you and meeting your needs.
For more information, contact us at Gentreo.com. We can help you create a simple and affordable plan to protect you and your family.
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