As Fairfax adults age, their housing needs change and the elder care industry has evolved to help families with those accommodations. Specifically, organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders have introduced specialized entities such as Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) to help Fairfax families design and modify homes for senior living.
Other multi-generational trends include adding separate living quarters to existing homes or designing homes with a second master bedroom suite.
Please view the final video in this series for more ideas on home modifications and safety renovations.
When considering making changes or additions to a shared home, attention to basic safety requirements should be considered:
1. Doorways should be wide enough to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and canes.
2. Sink and counter heights should be evaluated for easy access.
3. Remove or modify decorative items that could impede movement.
4. Install grab bars in bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas.
5. If hearing impairment is an issue, enhanced telephones and additional door bell chimes may be added.
6. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be added to all living and sleeping areas.
7. Modify cabinets and drawers with D-shaped handles. Doors and faucet handles should have levered handles.
8. Good lighting and clearly marked floor height transitions are important in order to minimize fall risks.
9. An emergency plan should include an exit plan, as well as clear instructions for all family members.
10. Medical information such as medication lists, physician information, and details on medical conditions should be kept on the refrigerator door.
Planning and preparation in modifying a home for senior living will help ease the stress of blending lifestyles when a family considers multi-generational living.
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We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.