Making Home Modifications Can Improve Independence as you Age

As patient advocates, we know the importance of having a safe and accessible home as you age. These modifications can better accommodate you, supporting you to live more independently and potentially for a longer period of time. In turn, this can also help reduce the need for long-term care services and potentially reduce the costs associated with them. The cost of living at home is definitely much cheaper than living in an assisted living facility.

If you are considering making home improvements for accessibility purposes, it may be helpful to consult a patient advocate to help you assess your needs and make recommendations for modifications.

We recommend you take a team approach by talking with a financial planner/advisor, or insurance agent as well.

For example, you may have a long-term care policy that may cover your modifications, but you may have to pay all the expenses upfront and then be reimbursed by your Long-term care Insurance. It is important to carefully review the terms of your specific policy to determine what is covered.

Some modifications that can make your home more accessible include:

  1. Adding handrails and grab bars in the bathroom and other areas of the home where you may need assistance with balance or mobility.
  1. Installing non-slip flooring to reduce the risk of falls.
  1. Widening doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility aids.
  1. Installing a ramp or lift to allow for easier access to your home.
  1. Adding a walk-in shower or walk-in bathtub to make bathing safer and more accessible.
  1. Installing remote-controlled lighting and appliances for easier use.
  1. Removing steps or making them more accessible with ramps or lifts.

It is important to also consider the costs associated with these modifications. Sometimes the cost of modifications will not outweigh the benefits of a long-term care plan that could include moving to an independent living facility with the transition to assisted living. Speaking with a patient advocate about your long-term plans for care can help you determine the best course of action for your individual needs and circumstances.

Reach out to us today if you are concerned about what your next steps should be to be sure your home is safe and accessible