Home Evaluation for Mobility Solutions
Home evaluation is important if you have an elderly parent or spouse with mobility issues.Your lifestyle may be further complicated by an uncooperative house. Fortunately, those type of problems can be fixed. But, finding the “best fit” for your particular situation can be a challenge all its own.
Let’s say the problem is an inability to get into the bathtub. One solution may be to use a tub transfer bench or a shower-chair with grab bars. Another solution might be the removal of the bathtub and the installation of a barrier-free shower or a curb-less shower. Yet another solution is a tub with a door. Different solutions have different levels of usability, safety and independence.
But there are other factors that need to be considered, such as the tastes and preferences of the individual, the structural limitations of the home, social constraints of the living situation, building codes and probably the most important, cost.
Each of these solutions might play a role in selecting the best fit for the individual. However, some could cause the modification to be less effective.
While there may be a large number of these factors, cost is by far the most common and most influential. In the final analysis, the challenge is not simply to come up with the best fit plan – the real challenge is to find the best plan that insures your hard-earned dollar is well spent and that those funds have produced a maximum return of benefit to your loved one.
Here are some tools to help you with your home evaluation.
The Aging & Technology Research Center.
This quote is directly from the Aging & Technology Research Center.
“In order to prevent falls at home, the Occupational Therapy Geriatric Group at the University at Buffalo created the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool as a part of combined effort with the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York to disseminate information regarding how to prevent falls in Erie County, NY.”
There’s also help from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Generaly, I think the best idea may be to prioritize your loved one’s needs and then use the home evaluation to address the changes that are the most needed.