Simple Fixes To Increase Safety at Home
Ok! We're doing some smart and simple things to keep you safe and living in your home. You'd be surprised at how the littles things can make a big difference. Getting rid of throw rugs is one of the best ways to reduce your chance of falling. Adding things like ramps in and out of your home, setting up your kitchen so you're not needing to use a step stool to reach common items, and updating to "smart appliances" are just a few ways you can make your home safer. A Senior Home Safety Specialist (SHSS) can suggest additional fixes to help you achieve your goal of staying home and being safe.
Remodeling and Retrofitting Your Home
There is a whole industry dedicated to designing and performing remodels and retrofits with the older adult in mind - specifically, so they can live in their homes safely as they age. While 90% of older adults want to age in place at home, 85% have done nothing to prepare their homes. "Granny flats", also know as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are an extremely one popular option and are exploding onto the scene currently. Often, we are seeing it's the aging homeowner building an ADU on their property, in preparation of their aging in place journey. It is imperative to consult an expert when considering more in-depth remodels or retrofits to accommodate safely aging in place.
Having a personal caregiver come to your home and provide one-on-one care has many advantages: companionship, housekeeping, cooking, errand running, and personal assistance are just a few. The biggest drawback for many older adults is the cost of in-home care. Most in-home care companies charge $25-30/hr, with costs rising based on increased care needs. California is heavily regulating this industry, which has led to higher costs for the companies - and those typically get passed along to you, the client. With literally hundreds of in-home companies to choose from, finding the right one is crucial for your peace of mind. We only work with licensed in-home care companies....and you should too!
Hospice at Home
It is many peoples' wish to live in their own homes until the very end. This becomes much more of a possibility if the home has been set up or modified appropriately and hospice is involved. Hospice is a Medicare benefit yet many older adults and/or their families do not utilize this vital service aimed at quality of life rather than curing a disease or illness All hospice companies are not created equal, however. Many hospice companies offer the basic services using an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) while others offer services like music and reminiscent therapy, touch therapy, and memory bears once the loved one has passed. Understanding how and when hospice and palliative care services can be utilized is an important part of your plan to age in place. One of our aging experts can answer all of your hospice questions.
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