To start with; let’s put some costs into perspective. In Rochester, MN the average cost of an assisted living apartment is $2751 per month. That = $33,012 a year! The expense of one year in an assisted living can be used to make permanent changes to your home environment to make your life safer and easier.
Do you have the option of one floor living? Falls can disrupt an individuals’ ability to move around their home. Remodeling does not happen overnight, which is why it’s important to plan ahead.
Do you prefer to remodel your home using universal design principles? Widening doorways, remodeling bathrooms and adding a ramp or stair lift are all considerations to helping you remain in your home.
Locating a contractor with a Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) certification can be useful as this means the builder has special education. Widening doorways, installing ramps, roll-in showers, moving laundry facilities upstairs can all be helpful options; these are time-consuming renovations that take careful planning. For some folks concerned about resale ability, ask your contractor about options that can be removed or replaced fairly easily.
Be sure to carefully consider who you hire to complete the work. It can be helpful to use word of mouth recommendations, check online reviews and some people may prefer to have another trusted person with you when discussing details (a friend, family member) as it’s always helpful to have another perspective and set of ears when making an important financial decision. Get things in writing.
Click the following link to find a CAPS Certified Provider. Use the search keyword “Certified Aging in Place Specialist” or search within your local county.
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