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Home Accessibility Benefits and Tips

Home is where the heart is, and it’s also where most people wish to stay. Helping seniors and people with disabilities to live in their own home is a core part of our GSIL mission. Here are just a few ways home care can benefit you or your loved one financially, plus a few ways to keep your home safe and accessible.

aging at home blog infographicExtensive Cost Savings

Home care and senior care programs that support independent living save money for families, government and health systems. Institutionalized care, like nursing facilities, can cost 5 times more than home care services every month. For the 94% of seniors that pay health care costs out of their own pocket, these high payments quickly dig into any retirement savings. Last year alone, Granite State Independent Living helped 25 people move back home, saving NH taxpayers almost $1 million.

Emotional and Physical Benefits

Your home is a comfortable place, and you’ll preserve your social connections by being part of a friendly, upbeat community. Community living provides many opportunities for engagement that are typically unavailable in nursing facilities, such as volunteering and social get-togethers. Studies show that being active in your community can increase your body’s physical functions and lowers the risk of depression. Improved physical and mental health, in turn, leads to additional financial savings for you.

Ways to Help You Age in Place

There are several ways you can modify your home to stay safe and comfortable. GSIL’s trained staff can consult with you regarding your accessibility needs and provide referrals to licensed vendors throughout New Hampshire.

  • Bathroom Grab Bars: Available at several major retailers and online, grab bars can be installed near your shower, toilet or both.  Estimated Cost: $140 for set of 3
  • Shower Chair: A shower chair is a great investment if you have difficulty staying balanced while washing yourself. Opt for a chair that has rubber tips on the legs to prevent any slipping on the shower floor.  Estimated Cost: $40
  • Nonslip Flooring: Can take a number of forms and are useful additions to kitchens or bathrooms where slips are common. Estimated Cost: $20 (simple rug/shower mat); $3-$4/square foot (linoleum flooring); $1-$11/square foot (carpeting). However, labor costs can drive up total costs.
  • Walk-in Tub: These tubs have doors that allow you to walk in and sit down without having to worry about climbing over a traditional tub ledge.  Estimated Cost: $5,000-$6,000
  • Toilet Riser: A toilet riser is a seat that increases the height of your toilet. A higher seat makes it easier for you to sit down and get up. Estimated Cost: $30-$60
  • Wider Doorways: Making entryways wider makes navigating from room to room a lot easier.  Estimated Cost: $700
  • Outside Ramp: Ramps can be either removable or permanent.  Estimated Cost:  $100-$400 (portable ramp); $400-$4,000 (permanent ramp)
  • Wheelchair Accessible Sink: If you use a wheelchair, there are several choices when it comes to remodeling your sinks to make them easier to use.  Estimated Cost: $1,000-$2,000+

*Prices represent national averages according to fixr.com. Actual prices may vary. 

We’re with You All the Way

Some of the projects listed above involve high upfront costs, but could save you thousands of dollars in the long run, by lowering assisted living costs and reducing your risk of accidents. In addition, having these handy accessibility features could even increase the value of your home!

Click here to see how Granite State Independent Living can assist you in making your home more accessible.

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