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Must-have features to help “age-at-home”

Live at home longer with these ideas  

 

Living independently for as long as you can is something we all aspire to, but it can take a bit of work to ensure your home accommodates you. Fortunately, there are some great ways to make your house safer and more comfortable.

 

Here are a few ideas that will help ensure you’re able to age at home for as long as possible.

 

 

Small fixes and do-it-yourselfers

Little conveniences can make a significant difference, such as raising electrical boxes, installing better lighting and putting in lever door handles. It’s also important to declutter and get organized. Extra “stuff” can create tripping hazards, so tidy up, remove area rugs and keep walkways and door openings clear. And don’t forget to outsource the yard maintenance.

 

Some bigger jobs

As they say, safety first! So consider installing handrails and grab-bars in hallways, entrances and bathrooms. And speaking of bathrooms, install a walk-in shower (with seat or bench) or walk-in tub. For safety and convenience, you may want to move your master bedroom from the top floor to ground level. And installing motion-detection fall sensors and/or medical alert systems can be a wise move.

 

Hire home support and keep up connections

Depending on your needs, there are plenty of possibilities. Your doctor, senior services and local health authority should be able to suggest suitable options and let you know if any funding is available. Price things out carefully as homecare can add up and it may be less expensive to make a move to a development that offers different integrated living arrangements.

 

Both for safety and socially it’s important to keep connected, and technology and media devices are making that easier than ever. Find someone who can help set you up with a cell phone or tablet and you’ll be able to stay in touch with friends and family at the push of a button. Make sure you stay active by joining groups, going on outings and visiting the library. If mobility is an issue, consider transit options.

 

 

Like many communities on Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is well suited to the older population both in terms of resources and housing options. For more information on any part of living in and moving to the Comox Valley, please contact me, check out my website or visit my Facebook page

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