With more adults choosing to stay in their homes (Aging In Place) as they get older and further into retirement, there are many options to help make living in the home a smart decision.
There really is no place like home, and as more and more baby boomers opt out of the nursing home model to live at home, one of the biggest needs is access to the upper floor. And for many of these adults, access to the upper floors can be tricky.
Stairs are not the best friend to anyone getting older or anyone that has knee and leg complications. This is where a stairlift can help. A proper installed stairlift can get you up and down stairs safely and allows you access to the upper floors at the push of a button. These stairlifts can be custom fitted to any set of stairs and wrap around landing areas.
Below are some benefits to installing a stairlift.
Independence - Now that you have access to the upper floor and or basement again, you won't need to rely on others to help get you around your home.
Safety - Many injuries to older adults are caused because of stairs and steps in the home. With a proper stairlift installed, you will feel and be much safer.
Affordable - For many adults who plan on being in their home for years to come, the option of installing a stairlift can be much cheaper than adding on a new bedroom to the lower floor, or being admitted to a nursing home.
Flexibility - If you are in a wheelchair, there are stairlift options available to you as well. And the stairlift can be custom designed to your set of stairs.
A stairlift can be a tremendous help to your everyday life but make sure to take into consideration all of the factors into a decision to purchase. Take into account the amount of time you plan on spending in the home. Do get multiple bids for the job when possible.
If you are unsure about next steps to take and whether or not additional changes to the home might be needed to help make Aging In Place a smart decision, call Koremen today. We offer our Home Safety & Access Evaluation for anyone living in Indiana. And if you are currently working with someone at an Area Agency on Aging office, and qualify through the Aged and Disabled Waiver through Medicaid, we are certified to work with them at no additional cost to you.