There are almost endless modifications that can be made to make a home safe for anyone needing home care. During our home visit and evaluation, we make lots of recommendations and begin the process of prioritizing based on each individual’s personal needs and situation. There are several factors that have to be considered in order to create an adequate short-term and long-term plan;
#1 Making a change | “What is this going to look like?”
Every modification must be looked at from the perspective of each individual’s ability – or inability – to make the changes necessary to stay at home safely. Whether it’s a grab bar or moving a wall to make a bathroom wheelchair accessible, change is hard and we have to take this into consideration.
Example of accepting change; We went to a home to install a “couple” grab bars and ended up installing nine. This was a success story that should be shouted from the rooftops! The homeowner was adamant about feeling safe in any area of the home.
Example of not being able to accept change; We were asked to visit a home where two sisters lived. One was coming home from rehab after a fall and they wanted to modify the home so she could move back and be safe. Their caregiver, an occupational therapist and a family friend were all there to try and convince the sisters to install a bathroom on the first floor since the only other bathroom was upstairs. Even though money was not a factor, they could not bring themselves to make any changes to the home and the sister had to move to an assisted living facility.
#2 Cost | “How much is all this going to cost?”
We work very hard to offer transparent price ranges – both on our website and in person – in every category. This is absolutely necessary in order to make decisions. Sometimes many family members are involved and it takes a great deal of time and effort to get everyone on the same page – and a half a dozen visits – but without very clear outlines of all the various costs involved, the decision-making process is very difficult.
#3 Time Frames | “How soon can we get to the job and how long will it take to complete?”
There’s not a lot of reliability with the discharge process from a hospital or rehab. It’s very difficult to get a time frame – and – even if you are given an estimated time that you might be sent home, it’s very subjective to each person’s own ability to recover. There are home modifications that can be made relatively quickly; grab bars, stairlifts, aluminum modular ramps – and there are modifications that take a great deal of preparation, ordering, scheduling and time; bathroom modifications, door widening, vertical wheelchair platform lifts and ceiling track systems. We’ve even done quite a few room additions in the extreme situations, and these are very time-consuming.
By doing all work with our own well-trained and expert crews – not subcontractors – we are able to have much better control of scheduling. Not to say that we don’t have delays or an occasional issue, but any problems are dealt with immediately – and with our own employees. This allows us to offer better timelines and tighter schedules than the normal home modification company.
If we’re able to identify these three items; change – cost – time frames, then we have a great opportunity to offer solutions to staying at home safely while receiving home care.
For more information, or a personal visit, please call Rich Layton or myself at 314-200-3855. We’ll be happy to offer you as many options and solutions as possible.
President & General Manager