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Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place

Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place

At LiveWell by Blakeford, we understand the deep desire of many seniors to remain in their homes as they age. The familiar surroundings, the independence that comes with living on your own, and the sheer comfort of a place filled with memories are all powerful motivators to age in place.

But sometimes, our homes need adjustments to ensure our continued safety and well-being. This is where home modifications come in. Making these essential adjustments to your home, allows you to continue living independently and comfortably for years to come.

Home Modifications for Aging in Place

Here are just some examples of home modifications that can improve safety, accessibility, and independence for seniors who wish to remain at home:

  • Installing grab bars in your bathroom for better support when entering and exiting the shower
  • Implementing shower seats for safe and comfortable bathing
  • Adding ramps to eliminate the worry of navigating steps when entering or exiting your home
  • Widening doorways to make maneuvering through the house with a walker or wheelchair easier
  • Raising toilet seats for easier sitting and standing
  • Improving lighting throughout the home to enhance visibility and reduce trip hazards

These modifications, along with many others, work together to create a more user-friendly environment, allowing you to navigate your home with confidence and maintain your daily routines for much longer.

Have Your Home Evaluated by an Expert

To ensure your modifications truly address your specific needs, a home safety assessment is highly recommended. A qualified professional can evaluate your living space and recommend changes that maximize your safety and independence within your own home.

As part of our commitment to aging in place, LiveWell offers comprehensive home evaluations and safety recommendations service.

Choosing a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)

When it comes time to plan and execute your remodeling, consider working with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). The CAPS designation signifies a professional who has undergone rigorous training from the National Association of Homebuilders to understand the unique needs of seniors and how to modify homes for maximum safety and accessibility. By working with CAPS, you can rest assured knowing you’re partnering with an expert who can guide you through the entire process.

Finding a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) in your area is easier than you might think. Here are a couple of helpful resources:

  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) CAPS Directory: Explore this searchable directory of CAPS professionals across the country to find qualified specialists near you.
  • Local Area Agency on Aging (AAA): Your local Area Agency on Aging is a wealth of information and resources for seniors. They can often connect you with CAPS professionals in your community or recommend reputable contractors with experience in aging-in-place modifications.

By leveraging these resources, you can confidently connect with a CAPS professional who can help you create a safe and comfortable home environment that allows you to age in place with peace of mind.

Long-Term Solutions for Aging in Place

While home modifications create a safer living environment, they’re just one piece of the puzzle. LiveWell offers a comprehensive long-term care solution designed to seamlessly complement your modifications and empower you to age confidently at home. Our unique service combines the best aspects of long-term care insurance (LTCi), personalized home care, and access to a network of continuing care retirement communities, should the need arise.

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today to discuss your individual needs and explore how LiveWell can help you create a personalized plan for a secure and fulfilling future.