Answers to frequently asked questions.
Our mission is to help people live longer and healthier lives in their own home – whatever we can do to help (within the realm of our services), is good with us. Once we’ve completed an assessment and provided our recommendations, you can choose to proceed with our without our help – no pressure.
Once you’ve determined a wish to stay in your home for years to come, it is not too early. If you are about to undertake a renovation of any scope, it’s a great time to give some thought to the future. For example, closets ca stacked one above another allow a future elevator shaft to be installed with relative ease, or you may not currently require grab-bars, but a bathroom makeover should incorporate in-wall support backing for future installation. Like most successful projects, proper planning will lead to reduced cost and increased quality.
The worst mistake you can make is to wait too long – once a fall occurs, the statistics are not your friend.
Cost is often going to be an issue, but it is important to keep in mind that it can be significantly less expensive to live in your own home than alternative housing. Private long-term care facilities can exceed $100,000 annually: Extending your home stay by a year or more will significantly impact your financial future.
Good question, but the better question is how will this affect our quality of life? To answer the question though, tastefully designed and well executed home modifications will rarely have a significant negative impact the value of your home and may in fact add value. Grab-bars and stair-glide systems are as easily removed as they are installe; a modern no-step shower stall like those you would find in a high-end spa will add value and of course, many people would welcome a home elevator (grandchildren in particular).
Furthermore, the aging demographic will place greater demand for many of your modifications, possibly providing a selling advantage in a competitive marketplace.
This one is a bit tougher. Obviously, each situation requires an appropriate amount of empathy, understanding and candour, but the most important thing is to have the discussion before it is too late. Once a fall has occurred, there is a x% chance your parent will not be returning home. If there is a concern that home modifications are by nature, unattractive – that does not need to be the case and if your parents wish to stay in their home for as long as possible, you owe it to them to persevere. They will thank you.
In our experience your children want what is best for you. More to the point, as stated above, being able to extend time in your home will reduce your future cost of living, leaving you better off financially.
The question raises two points: 1. Not unlike the best time to look for a job is when employed, or seeking a loan when you have good cashflow, the best time to plan for the future, is before you get there. A comprehensive home health and safety assessment will identify future needs allowing you time to plan for them. 2. You want to do whatever you can to avoid the first fall.
There is always going to be a degree of disruption, but that is where our professionalism and our commitment to you comes in - we will make it as painless as possible. We show up when we say we will, you will always know who is going to be in your home, we use leading dust abatement systems, your home will be left as clean as possible at the end of each day and we will work to a pre-approved project schedule. We value and work to ensure glowing references.
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