5 Home Additions to Accommodate Elderly Loved Ones

5 Home Additions to Accommodate Elderly Loved Ones
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    Growing older is just a normal part of life, and bringing an aging parent or grandparent into your home is a wonderful way to bring your family together and give your aging loved ones a more comfortable experience in their later years.


But such arrangements will make some changes necessary for the safety of your family. Here are some tips for modifications and additions to accommodate elderly family members in your home.

1. Grab Bars in the Bathroom

Slips and falls are one of the primary dangers seniors encounter as the get older and their strength and balance continue to deteriorate. Adding some grab bars to the walls near the toilet and in the shower can go a long way to prevent falls in the bathroom.

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2. Wheelchair Ramp at the Entrances

If your loved one is wheelchair-bound, a wheelchair ramp will likely be necessary at the front entrance, garage entrance and back door as well. If there are interior steps on the ground floor – leading from the living room to the dining room, for instance – then ramps will need to be installed there too.

3. Chair Lift in Stairwell

If at all possible, it’s probably best for seniors to have their bedrooms on the ground floor of your home. But if that is not an option and they need to be upstairs, a chair lift is the next best option. Chair lifts allow seniors to sit in a motorized chair that is attached to a track that goes along the wall and up the stairs, allowing full access to the rest of the home. The average cost of a chair lift is about $3,000 to $4,000.

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4. Walk-In Bathtub

Back in the bathroom, there are some other accommodations that may need to be made. If your loved one is unable to stand and bathe alone in the shower but is able to walk a short distance, then a walk-in bathtub from a company like TwinCity Stairlifts might be the perfect solution.

5. Handicapped Parking Stall

Ideally, a single or multi-family home would be most suitable for a family with an elderly member moving in. But things can still work out just fine if you live in a condo complex or apartment building.

Some older complexes do not have adequate handicapped parking spaces available for residents. If that is the case for you, you’ll need to contact your property manager or home owners’ association to have handicapped parking installed near your unit. A ramp may also need to be built to allow access from the parking stall to your unit. All of the cost and construction should be handled by the property management team with no cost to you individually, as you are legally entitled to have handicapped parking at your home.

Bringing home an elderly family member is a great way to keep your family together and to make your loved one’s later years more comfortable and enjoyable. By making some additions to your home like the ones mentioned above, you’ll be better able to accommodate them.

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