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by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

HOME IMPROVEMENTS PERFECT FOR AGING PARENTS

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

HOME IMPROVEMENTS PERFECT FOR AGING PARENTS

According to an AARP report, approximately 90% of Americans over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their own home as long as they are able, so chances are, if your parents are in their golden years, they feel the same way.  Although home renovations may not satisfy the needs of every case, here are some improvements that you can make to your parent’s home, or your own, to make it safer and more convenient as they age.

Install an Elevator or Stair Lift

Elevators and stair lifts can be very expensive, but if they fit into your budget, they can also allow your parents to move easily throughout their current home, which would help them to stay put much longer.  Expect to pay at least $30,000 for an elevator, or approximately $3,000 for a stair lift.

Use an In-home Monitoring Service

Many “smart” home alarm and detection system companies are now offering in-home monitoring services for seniors, which involve a monthly fee and often require the purchase of equipment.  With sensors placed throughout the home, families can monitor the movements of their loved ones, which reduces stress on the family.

Consider a Walk-in Bathtub & Grab Bars in the Bathroom

Walk-in bathtubs are perfect for seniors that find climbing in and out of a bathtub difficult, as long as they are willing to use them correctly.  Since these tubs require you to get in the tub BEFORE turning on the water, your parent must be comfortable with sitting or standing in the buff while they wait for the water to fill.  Prices for these tubs range from $2,500 to $10,000.  Also, bars located in the bathtub and next to the toilet can also help with stability issues.

Widen the Doorways

If your parent will be moving throughout the house in a wheelchair, providing more spacious doorways may be a necessity.  However, the cost varies widely depending on the doorway, and any electrical wiring that must be moved.

Install Lever-style Doorknobs

Quite possibly the cheapest improvement you could make for your aging parents is to replace the round doorknobs in the house with lever-style handles.  Expect to pay between $10 to $20 per handle.

While you may not be able to prevent your parents from ever leaving their home, making these changes can prolong their stay considerably.

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