Lies about retirement, assisted living blogger, therapies to avoid, and another bankrupt CCRC

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A few lies we tell ourselves about retirement.

Assisted living at its finest: An assisted living resident is also a blogger.

The New York Times has an excellent list of therapies to avoid if you’re an elderly patient.

A CCRC in Virginia has filed for bankruptcy.

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What happens when seniors try to sell their home? What happens to home values when the home has been modified for safety?

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Many times, a home will increase in value based on the safety modifications that have been installed. Adding a home elevator will increase the value of the home, no matter who is buying it.

Many modern bathroom modifications use grab bars and showers that are elegant in design and don’t look like the industrial products that were common ten years ago. The industry has become very sophisticated in the look and functionality of products.

Some modifications may need to be removed, such as a stair lift, if the new owners don’t need it and want to reclaim the space on the stairway. Often, the original installer will remove it and may be able to sell it as used to reclaim some of the original investment. It’s always best to discuss this before installation to see if anything can be salvaged or resold should the equipment not be wanted at some time in the future.

Selling a home as “modified for seniors” may be in demand in a few years as more baby boomers retire. Many seniors are already looking for these types of homes as they downsize or move into homes that better fit their needs.

Accessible Design & Consulting is California’s leading Barrier-Free Specialist; they provide residential and commercial barrier-free designs and accessories for seniors and people with disabilities. Contact Accessible for more information about your next renovation: (866) 902-9800 (Toll Free) or (310) 215-3332 (Local).

How much does a normal renovation/remodel cost? What sorts of services are included?

 

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The cost varies widely for a renovation or remodel and relies on a variety of factors. The bathroom might be completely remodeled by adding a three or four wall wheelchair accessible shower, wall-hung sink, raised toilet, widened door, and all the trimmings. Typical charges can run from $4K to $40K. While this may seem high to some people, many times these home modifications will allow a senior to remain in their own home instead of moving to an independent living facility which would cost much more in the long run.

Another popular modification is the installation of a stair lift.  Straight runs can start as low as around $3K and more complex runs on curved or spiral staircases can run in the $18K – $22K range.

Each case requires a cost that varies depending on the size of the installation, the equipment or Brand used and the disability or challenge that one is dealing with.

Most services will include a complete assessment of the person’s abilities and needs, measurements of the area and a recommendation of equipment to be installed and pricing. With a stair lift, there may be two or three models that would be adequate but they differ in levels of performance and price.

For remodeling a room or a home, blueprints and permits may be required.   This is often a lengthier process as there are many facets involved in a project of this magnitude such as:  Ordering/Receiving of the products and/or equipment, scheduling, installation, possible inspections, and finally customer demonstrations and Q&A time.

Accessible Design & Consulting is California’s leading Barrier-Free Specialist; they provide residential and commercial barrier-free designs and accessories for seniors and people with disabilities. Contact Accessible for more information about your next renovation: (866) 902-9800 (Toll Free) or (310) 215-3332 (Local).

What are the benefits of hiring a consultant? How much do consultants charge?

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A handyman or home remodeler can be found anywhere in the country and will be able to perform many duties such as installing handrails and grab bars. A senior home modification or accessibility consultant will be able to perform the same services more effectively because they specialize in modifications for seniors.  The best ones however, are the ones that offer a one-stop approach – ones that do BOTH medical equipment AND construction.  This is advantageous as they can offer a vast array of possible solutions and often can offset some construction costs by offering different types of DME (Durable Medical Equipment) that may offer the same functionality as construction would.

Specialists know that it’s important to check for a stable backing before installing grab bars. They can also counsel/advise on more complex installations such as stair lifts, elevators, ceiling lifts, or modular or custom ramp systems etc. In addition, they are skilled in matching complementary items such as walkers, wheelchairs, car mobility products and items outside of the scope of a handyman or remodeler (who typically tend to be very specialized in just their specific area of expertise).

It’s important for seniors to search for a consultant that is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This certification by the NAHB means that the home modification specialist has taken classes and learned the essential skills of modifying a home for “aging-in-place.”

Some consultants will do a free home assessment but these are usually minimal assessments. Many good consultants charge several hundred dollars for a home assessment but provide a complete blueprint of services (and respective costing. It’s worth the cost for a complete assessment as often they can make cost-effective recommendations on products and/or services that might have been overlooked (or not known about) by a layman.

Accessible Design & Consulting is California’s leading Barrier-Free Specialist; they provide residential and commercial barrier-free designs and accessories for seniors and people with disabilities. Contact Accessible for more information about your next renovation: (866) 902-9800 (Toll Free) or (310) 215-3332 (Local).