by guest writer Patrick Young
For millions of seniors across America, finding a way to stay in their own home after retirement is a major priority. Some are afraid to feel like a burden to their loved ones, while others simply want the comfort of knowing they can live in a familiar environment well into their golden years. It’s not always that easy, however; many homes require modifications to allow seniors to stay safe and comfortable, and while these can be easy DIY projects, some are better suited for a contractor, and that requires funding.
There are some easy ways to make sure you and your loved one can age in place, however; it just takes some planning and a little research. Safety should always be your first concern, but comfort and ease of mobility will help you get through your daily activities without worry and will keep you active and vital.
Here are a few of the best tips on how to change up your home so you can stay in it for as long as you want.
Many seniors suffer from vision issues, which can lead to trips and falls or other injuries. Adding lighting to your home is relatively inexpensive and will keep you safe, and it will also help boost your mobility so you can stay independent. Whether it’s in closets and pantries or in the bathroom, extra lighting can make a big difference in your everyday life.
Let technology work for you
If you have medical or mobility issues, it might be a good idea to look into medical alert buttons that pair your cell phone with a service to help keep you safe, or you can install a surveillance camera in the most-used area of your home and have the feed sent to a loved one’s smartphone. There are many different types of technology out there to make life easier on seniors; do some research online to find the best ones for your needs.
Even though you’re in good health now, it’s important to think ahead and make considerations for your future health. Many seniors battle mobility issues that require a wheelchair or walker, which might necessitate widening the doorways in your home. All entrances inside your home should be at 32 inches wide to accommodate this equipment; the key here is to find a good contractor who will work with you and your needs. Here is the full list of great tips on how to get started with upgrades.
Ask for help
Living at home after retirement sometimes means asking for help with chores and other household tasks. Look for ways to make your life easier, such as hiring a dog-walker or using online ordering for grocery shopping. Don’t be afraid to look for help, or to ask a friend or loved one to give you a hand once in a while. If there are other seniors in your community, you might consider working out a lawn-mowing trade-off so that you can get a break now and then.
Making home modifications can be a big job, so it’s imperative that you hire the right people to get the work done. You can also look for state or federal funding; there may be grants or loans specifically for seniors that will help offset the cost of the changes your home needs in order to keep you safe and mobile. With a good plan in place and a little help from your loved ones, you can create an environment that will sustain you for years to come.