Aging in place refers to living out your years in the comforts of your own home. However, it means so much more than that. Sure, we’d all love it if we could spend our senior years regularly surrounded by loved ones. But ideally, aging in place means that you have the safety, security and peace of mind to live in familiar surroundings with all of the support you need. In many cases, such support comes by way of mobility solutions and home modifications.
41% of Canadian seniors report unexpected benefits of home modifications.
Winnipeg’s Enabling Access reports that March of Dimes Canada conducted a survey of residents who had home modifications done to their homes. It found that a whopping 91% of the respondents felt that their home modifications allowed them to do things they could not do before the modifications were done. Stair lifts immediately come to mind. Without one installed in your home, a senior with mobility issues will have significant difficulties climbing the stairs.
With a stair lift, however, he/she can enjoy safe and smooth rides up and down staircases. Naturally, this prevents the risk of slipping and falling. However, the added benefit that comes with installing a stair lift is the restoration of independence in the senior using the mobility solution. The ability to access various levels of the home without any assistance can greatly boost an older adult’s self-confidence and overall mood.
Only 26% of Canadians predict that they can comfortably age in place.
This is a statistic we find unfortunate. According to Enabling Access, a 2021 National Home Modifications Survey found that 78% of Canadians want to age in their current homes. So why do so few feel they’re able to do so? We would venture a guess that many seniors feel they require professional help in order to have their physical limitations catered to.
The survey found that 21% adults live with a permanent physical and/or mental disability which affects a major life function. The truth is, however, that Canadians don’t have to spend a fortune in order to have their elderly loved ones age in place.
67% of Canadians believe that modifications are cost-effective.
The National Home Modifications Survey found that three-quarters of Canadians believe the following statement: “Modifications to an existing home are more cost-effective than living in a retirement home or long-term care facility.” According to Comfort Life, most Canadian residents of retirement communities pay monthly rents that range between $1,453 and $4,500 (and higher) on average.
“This is dependent on the size and location of the accommodations, the type of community, and the quality and number of amenities,” reports their website, “When Canadians feel they have exhausted home care and other options, they often find that paying for senior care is, all things considered, more affordable than they might have thought.”
Just one of the ways that LifeCare Mobility Solutions helps with cost concerns is to offer used and recycled home health care products. We provide clients with refurbished and/or recycled home healthcare products whenever possible. Purchasing recycled products is a more cost-effective alternative to get the mobility solutions seniors need to maintain their independence and peace of mind.