Home Improvements

The goal is to design and construct adaptive living features to support the “Aging in Place” concept bringing additional safety and comfort to your loved ones. Being able to live independently longer can be accomplished with a home designer that is familiar with the aging process and physical/muscular limitations that specific diseases cause. The main goal is to be realistic with your loved one on what is possible given the limitations that are current, and those anticipated.

Services

Homes require many different services based on their original designs. It’s important that a designer is involved so the home doesn’t end up feeling “institutionalized” or “stale” based on the following additions that may be functional necessities:

  • Grab Bars
  • Walk-in Tubs
  • Shower Seats
  • Wider Doorways and Hallways
  • Increased Artificial and/or Natural Lighting
  • Wheelchair Accessible Sinks and Vanities
  • Easy Access Storage
  • Raised Dishwasher
  • Rounded Countertops
  • Home Automation Systems

Specialization

CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) have taken a course in what it means to support seniors in living longer in their home of choice.

Preparation

  • The length of time enhancements will take drive a multitude of decisions.
  • Understand if there are any time frame and satisfaction guarantees.
  • If moving the loved one out of the home is necessary, make preparations well in advance.
  • If evacuation is not required, understand how dust control and debris will be managed.
  • Describe the safety precautions including the protection of the homeowners’ belongings.
  • What is the geographic area that you serve
  • What is your company’s area(s) of specialization?
  • How early will work start, and what time will workers leave each day?
  • Look into putting a lien on the contractors license if the project goes over budget or your are dissatisfied.
  • Review a copy of the contract well in advance.
  • Will a lien release notification be given to you? Lien releases should be signed by all trade partners working on your project (once the job is completed), preventing them from putting a lien on your home.

Evaluation

Check out your contractor. Many data points are required to be sure you are making the home safe, comfortable and adding value for eventual resell:

  • Study the company website or marketing brochures
  • See if listed with the Better Business Bureau
  • Ask about number of jobs completed specifically for seniors
  • Contact referrals

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