Ways to adapt your home for assisted living
Retirement estates are ensuring that the homes you invest in now can be easily adapted and retro-fitted for assisted living, if the time arises. By modifying your home, you will be able to maintain your independence for a lot longer.
Independence is a huge concern when ‘getting old’ and research indicates that many of the Baby Boomer generation regard retirement estates as a place they will lose their independence. This concern however, is not true. Instead, modern retirement estates are creating homes that suit your needs now and can be adapted to help you manage with day-to-day tasks at a later stage. Research was conducted by Professor Ann Bowling and colleagues, of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Their research was executed over an 8-year period, and shared a new measure of quality of life based on the priorities of people aged 65 and older. The result showed a number of factors driving quality of life, including health, social participation and support, independence and income.
There is no doubt that basic modifications to your home can ensure your quality of life, independence, and in some instances your overall health, are in check. By simply making sure you move your appliances and crockery to a cupboard or level that is easier to get to in the kitchen, ensures you don’t need to call for help or hurt yourself trying to perform a simple task. Other changes could be to make sure your flooring is suitable for you; you do not want the carpet fringe to trip you, or your tiles to be too slippery to walk on. Your bathroom is another area where, when the time comes, you will need to invest in a walk-in shower, a bathtub chair or transfer bench to make your daily routines a little easier to perform.
All these minor tweaks to the common areas of your house make a huge difference to how you can function independently. Slowly over the years, you can gradually create an assisted living home, that is manageable to live in; especially as most retirement estates have already considered their designs with these future requirements in mind.