Home Modification: Making The Home Safe for Aging in Place

Our internal contractor certification program ensures that anyone entering your home to modify it with your aging in place strategies in mind will have been thoroughly screened and continually held accountable. We will make sure that you always receive the correct bid for any project and will take over complete project management from beginning to end.

Benefits of in home modification to decrease injuries

Low-cost home modification interventions have clear payback in terms of fewer hospitalizations and medical costs in a very short time frame.  Basic design and structural modifications average $7,000–$12,000 per one-story residence.  If we use $10,000 as a sample cost for basic structural modifications compared to assisted living costs at $3,000+/month, a simple equation shows that avoiding those costs for a little more than three months will pay for home modifications.  If we include customary expenses for continuing bills such as utilities, taxes, maintenance, etc., of $850/month, food at $250/month, three hours of daily assistance twice weekly at $19/hour or $456/month, and three days per week in adult day services at $800/month, it will take about 14 months to break even on the modifications.

By the end of 24 months there is a net savings near $10,000. But if one hospitalization or one serious fall with medical and health care consequences is avoided, the savings will appear much earlier!!

The following is a general listing of some home modification prioritizations and potential general costs associated.

handrail

Phase 1: Falls Prevention.
Cost: $1000 or less

  • Removing throw rugs
  • Installing grab bars and grips throughout the house
  • Assuring sturdy handrails on both sides at steps
  • Good lighting and switching especially at stairs, halls, and entries
  • Securing or removing carpets at stairs

Phase 2: Entryway and Ease of Movement
Cost: $4,500 to $30,000 (varies)

  • Removing, if possible, or reducing the number and/or height of steps and possibly increasing the horizontal depth of steps for easy side stepping with both hands on one rail
  • A clear, no-step path to the bedroom and bathroom and stair lift for ease of movement from floor to floor
  • Rearrangement or repositioning of furniture, entertainment systems and spaces

bathlift

Phase 3: More Substantial Remodeling and Equipment
Cost: $8,000 to $75,000 (varies)

  • No-step shower or bath lift mechanism, a seated sink, and assistance space at the toilet
  • Seated/multi-level food preparation areas
  • Sun and rain protected outdoor areas
  • Backup power sources for power outages