Consider Renovations For Aging Family Members
Seniors, or those with limited mobility may have a hard time getting around their own homes. However, there are things people can do to modify their homes to make it easier on everyone who lives there.
Frank Eintertz recently suffered a stroke. He and his wife, Cora, have lived in their home for about 30 years. It is a home Cora says they do not want to leave.
"I love my house," Cora Eintertz said.
In order for her husband to stay, renovations at the Eintertz home were needed. Like adding a wheelchair accessible ramp up to the front door and renovating the master bathroom.
The project cost a few thousand dollars.
Kent McCool helps couples, like the Eintertz's, make changes to their homes.
"Bathrooms seem to be addressed a lot, that's where falls happen," McCool said.
Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List says, if a homeowner plans to stay put for at least five to ten years, then the money is well spent.
"Even if you're in your 40's or 50's, and considering some remodeling, you may want to consider some elements that would make it more friendly for you as you age," Hicks said.
The Einterz's say they are pleased with the changes, and plan to stay put.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control, falling is the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65. Hicks says, modifications can make a difference.