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Aging In Place: Fulfilling The Needs Of A Senior At Home

September 17, 2012 Jeff APHM Los Angeles Aging House Specialist

Aging is inevitable, and people around you will grow old at some point. This means that they may not be able to conduct themselves the way they used to before. As the caregiver, it is your responsibility to ensure that the needs of a senior at home are fulfilled. One of the ways you can meet their needs is by assisting them in remodeling their home to meet the needs of aging individual. Essentially, a remodel of this nature should be planned and implemented on a need basis. For instance, if the individual is able to age in place without requiring a wheelchair ramp, then there is no need to have one.

Basically, you need to ask yourself what kind of accommodations you need to consider as the dependent continues to reside in their home to ensure their needs are met. What a remodeling job requires depends on the mobility needs of the person residing in the home. Below are some simple suggestions that you may want to consider when you are thinking of an aging in place remodeling.

The doorways should be large enough to allow items like wheelchairs, walkers, canes and scooters to pass through. This means you may need to widen them by up to thirty six inches; an average size of a wheelchair.

For aging individuals, the house should be on a one floor. This is why ranch style houses are ideal for aging individuals. If stairs are unavoidable, you may want to consider a stair chair lift, which allows them to glide up and down the stairs.

All carpets should be replaced with either a hardwood floor or a short pile carpet. This is meant to ease the mobility for walkers, wheelchair and canes. You may want to remove all thresholds that lead in and out of the rooms.

Finally, for bathrooms, ensure they have a walk in tub or shower that does not have a threshold. It is also good to add an extra support like rails. Most importantly, the bathroom should large enough to accommodate a wheelchair or a walker.

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