“STAYING AT HOME, IS HOME”
LIVING AT HOME
Living at home for seniors is also known as aging in place. It is the preferred option for over 80% of the senior population.
There are many commercial housing options for seniors as they enter that phase in their lives where help is required in their physical environment and personal assistance. From independent living, assisted living and skilled care the level of care we require can certainly by filled at every juncture.
It’s a fact of life that all of a sudden, we discover that the buildings that have been our homes for the past 30 years are now not as “user friendly” as they once were. Still, our homes is where our memories live. It’s where you had your kid’s birthday parties along with life’s most significant moments. As we age, we need things around us that remind us of who we are and where we came from. Our joys, our struggles our laughter and our tears. All these things are the building blocks that created a family and made a house a home. No one truly likes the idea of whitewashing their history as they move into a more sterile environment at a group facility. That plus the monthly costs ranging from $3,000 to $6,500 depending on the extent of services provided, make it a hard option to choose.
Good news is that Milestone Design Build can make the necessary modifications and renovations to make home as safe and comfortable as it once was. We believe that we can make you home livable and safe for you for the next 10 years. During that time you would have paid over $500,000 for a studio apartment at a third party facility.
MSDB has years of experience in senior living construction and design. We have occupational therapists and nurses on our team that will evaluate your home and make recommendations we can discuss to make your life easier. Our goal is to remove any physical barriers and make your home a safe place for you to stay in for an extended period of time.
MOBILITY AND PRACTICAL PROBLEMS SENIORS WILL EXPERIENCE TRYING TO AGE AT HOME
The real culprit in our lives as we age is the base design of the home. Most builders use design parameters are created for younger adults. The demographics they use to develop designs that will ultimately sell is for a wide audience. Builders don’t take into account the obstacles that seniors face daily, i.e., mobility and limited range of reach.
Once they reach those golden years, seniors resist the modifications required because they don’t want an industrial/healthcare facility look in their homes. Current design trends are transcending this “look”. Plus they don’t want to spend money on an asset (their current home) that might have lived out is useful life.
SIMPLE MODS FOR EASE OF LIVING AT HOME
There are a myriad of housing options and enhancements that are very simple to install and will return immediate benefits to the resident.
- Cooking ranges that avoid fires
- Furniture designed for easier in-out
- High and low frequency tones for doorbells and telephones
- Grab bars with decorator’s color schemes/design
- Ergonomic handle designs for arthritic seniors
- Larger print
- On/Off buttons with color contrasts
ADVANTAGES OF HOME MODIFICATIONS
The genesis of home modifications was created by a need of seniors wanting to stay in their homes. These modifications will generate “make safe” design changes, create an atmosphere where the residents feel, safe, comfortable and can live inside the circle of their family and they memories they cherish. Aging in place is a process preferred by over 80% of our senior population.
These issues are typically not a problem until you turn 70. That’s when specific physical tasks become problematic. That’s when you start noticing the things you can no longer do. It’s a transitional time for the seniors that would benefit from a change in their environment to reduce accidents and make daily activities easier.
To determine the general viability safety and comfort in the home, our team of occupational therapists and nurses review the home to evaluate fall threats. Their goal is to remove all fall hazards, add supports and change the behavior in order to further support independent living. Our team looks at general mobility issues that would cause falls and loss of balance issues.
Falling is the leading cause of fatal injuries in seniors. In 2015 total medical costs relating to falls was $50 billion. Thankfully, Medicare and Medicaid paid for 75% of the costs. By 2030 this cost will be $110 billion. Good news is that the issues that lead to the falls are largely predictable.
78% of the falls are at home or in the yard at the home. 22% of the fall are away from home. It’s important to note that the most common cause of nonfatal trauma related hospital admissions in seniors is from falling.
Our goal with our AGING IN PLACE program is to create a safe and comfortable home site for our senior population. We would like to add staying at home as a viable option to moving into a facility.
Please call us if you need more information or would like to investigate ways of developing a strategy for your family member.