It is not uncommon for us to have the 40 something son or daughter of a senior ask us to talk with their parent regarding renovating the parent home for safety and accessibility. Their parent refuses to consider it even if they easily have the financial means to cover what can be a relatively minor expense. Or we may get a call saying “my dad has fallen twice in his bathroom. Please come see what you can do for him… and, by the way, he won’t let you in the house.”
Yes, we seniors can be a stubborn bunch.
This is a classic case of being “penny wise and pound foolish”. There can be an enormous cost, both financially and emotionally, for having to leave your home because of an accident that could have been prevented by a few simple modifications. Even if you are able to freely move about your home, I encourage you to survey your property with a focus on accident prevention. We have included a Home Safety/ Renovation checklist on our website at www.accessibilityrenovations.org. This checklist will help you look at your home with a different set of eyes.
As we wrap up our Home Safety Month, the most important message I can leave with my fellow seniors (and their families) is that your home should change as you do. If you are a senior you owe it to yourself to become informed about the possibilities for your home. If you are the son or daughter of a senior, help them see what is available. It might just be the best gift you could ever give them. Our hope is, with a little advanced planning, you will enjoy your home for years to come. Finally, thank you Columbus for another great March Home Safety Month and we remain proud to have served you for more than 20 years.
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