If your clients are aging in place, but they need help planning changes to their homes or local services to keep them safe and healthy, we can help!
Aging in place is a term used to describe living in the home of your choice as you age, while being able to get any support or assistance you may need to stay safe and independent.
The idea behind aging in place is simple: Plan and prepare the aspects of your life, so you can continue living on your terms.
This means seniors aging in place should plan to ensure their homes meet their needs. As well as, any help or support they may need (or later) is available.
The fact is, most adults don’t want to move just because they’ve gotten a few years older. People want to live where they want (or need to) and continue to live a life that is meaningful to them.
That’s why we offer aging in place consulting for local providers. We help keep your clients get more comfortable with the concept of aging in place. Then, they can plan better and do more to stay healthier and safe, so you can continue to serve them.
Whether your client is an older adult wanting to prepare for later in life or an adult child wishing to ensure their parent has everything they need, you can contact us about helping you retain your clients.
Aging in place remodeling
Aging in place consulting can help your client get their home ready to stay in it. If your client owns their home, we can help them understand how big of a part home remodeling plays in preparing themselves for later life.
Homes are not designed for aging in place
You probably know that most homes in the U.S. are designed for perfectly healthy 20-year old people with typical abilities. Of course, that leaves out the 77 million people over the age of 65.
Since homes are not designed to accommodate older adults, that means features that are important to those people are not in most homes.
As much as people don’t like to talk about it, as we grow older, our bodies, minds and abilities change. And, the older a person gets, the more pronounced these changes become.
Whatthey need in a home
In order to protect your clients from some of what can happen as they grow older, we show them the changes they can make in their home. And, how these changes can help them keep them safe, healthy and comfortable.
Aging in place home designs have come a long way in the last 10 years. We even have relationships with Occupational Therapists and Remodelers who can make these changes for them.
Some of the features they can have through aging in place remodeling could include:
Main floor living
This essentially means a person has everything they need on one floor of their home, including a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and laundry. As well as, at least one easily accessed entrance on the same floor.
Here are some examples to give you an idea of possible changes can be made.
Since the majority of accidental deaths and injuries at home happen in the bathroom, it’s important to have a focus on safety when designing it. Some features to help with that include:
- Roll-in or zero-threshold showers
- Shower seating
- Lever controls and door handles
- Anti-scald devices
- Non-slip flooring
- Comfort height toilets
- Grab bars
Preparing food is an activity that we do daily. So, having a kitchen that makes that easier is sensible.
- Multi-height counters with sitting areas
- Roll-under or sit-down sinks and stove tops
- Appliances that are easy to reach and operate
- Lever handle or touch sink controls
- Island seating
One area that is often overlooked is the bedroom. Again, safety and accessibility are key to maintaining quality of life.
- Open space and clear pathways
- Storage space
- Accessible closets
- Phone next to bed
- Room for assistive devices
- Wider hallways and doorways
- Easily reached controls for lighting
- Lever handled doorknobs
- Safety rails
Thriving at Home can help your clients create the home they need to age in place. We work with some of the best home Remodelers in the Portland area to make sure their home is exactly what they need it to be.
›› Call us at 503-858-0271 to help keep your clients at home
More than just their house
Aging in place is more than home remodeling, though; that’s only one part of it. To successfully age in place, at some point people will need to get help from the community. That’s another way we can support your clients.
The truth is, at some point most everyone will need some kind of support, be that in-home care, lawn or home maintenance or home medical care.
We help people understand and start planning for that extra support they may need later on.
The types of support services you might need could include:
- Financial planning
- Home repair and maintenance
- Lawn care
- In-home care (medical or non-medical)
- Companion care
- Housekeeping assistance
- Money management
- Social or faith-based activities
- Monitoring or check-ins
- Assistive technology products
Having an understanding of what they may need and the aging in place resources available to them in the NW Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, OR areas are the two parts of this puzzle. (Beyond home remodeling.)
Thriving at Home can help your clients put these pieces together and create the best possible situation, so you can continue to serve their needs.