Home Modification for Elderly and Disabled Seniors
Home modification refers to converting or adapting the house environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. The result is that the aging or disabled home owner can experience enhanced mobility and live in his or her home longer, instead of having to move to to an adult care community in independent or assisted living.
Home Modification Ideas
Home modification, ranging from low-cost to more expensive adaptations, can include any of the following:
- Removing hazards such as clutter and throw rugs
- Adding special features or assistive devices like grab bars or outdoor entry ramps
- Moving furnishings and fixtures that have become obstacles and difficult to move around
- Changing where activities occur, like sleeping on the first instead of second floor
- Renovating specific rooms for easier functionality, such as installing a roll-in shower
- Repairing wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads
How Home Modification Works
With most home remodeling companies, you would develop a wish list of renovations, construct a budget of how much you can spend and then receive quotes from multiple contractors. With S.A.F.E., you can keep your money in the bank where it belongs. Materials for our home modifications are paid for through our Foundation, supported by financial contributions made by people wanting to support your desire to remain in place. Construction and building volunteers contribute their time to setup and install ramps, floors, railings, walls and any other device to make your home safe and accessible like you need it to be.
Home Modifications Prevent Falls
The addition of supportive features can help reduce accidents such as falls, a leading cause of death for older Americans. Six out of 10 falls occur in homes which typically contain a high prevalence of hazards such as loose throw rugs, the lack of tub/shower grab bars, and obstructed pathways. Home modifications can reduce the demands of the environment while making the home safer and more supportive. Research indicates that the most effective interventions to prevent falls for persons at moderate to high risk of falls are multi-factorial, and include environmental modifications, medication management and physical activity. Consider these facts regarding falls.
- More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day.
- About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
- Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths.
- Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again.
- About half of older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months.
- Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
- Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
- Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance.
- For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.
- Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living.
Ready to Get Started with YOUR Home Modification?
Contact us with any questions you have about the home modification process and to see if you qualify for our home modification assistance program. We will talk with you by phone and then suggest an on-site meeting at your location in San Diego, Coronado, Bay Park, La Jolla, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar or any neighboring towns and cities in the area) to see the house.
All inquiries are replied to usually within the hour but always within 24 hours. Your conversation with our S.A.F.E. staff will be held strictly confidential and you are under no obligation to move forward. Why not gives us a call at 760-532-7512 or use our contact form to ask a quick question or set an appointment?
We’re looking forward to talking with you! Let’s get started on your home San Diego area modification.