It's not very often that we consider giving the gift of safety to anyone we know. This might be something you consider when your child is learning to ride a bike or rollerblade. Soon enough you find yourself shopping at Target searching for the right helmet or knee pads to help keep them safe and enjoying life. Safety is such an important concept when we consider the aging people we have in our lives. All too often people are more reactive than proactive when it comes to making decisions about safety. My business has been successful at helping install products to keep people safe once they have experienced a fall, or received a diagnosis of a progressive illness. These wonderful people that I have had the pleasure of serving fully understand the need for safety and stability if they want to remain independent in their homes.
Over the years working in healthcare I have found myself educating patients on the importance of daily exercise and wellness. Now with my home mobility business, the goal is to provide a safe environment with the best outcomes possible. However, my best efforts are often met with resistance and challenges. One of the main areas of concern is the cost of certain home modifications. Let's look at this practical example of how making the right change in your home can have better pay off in the long term.
Making your home more accessibile can vary in cost depending on your particular needs.
Common home modifications can include:
Adding grab bars and handrails: $100–$500 each
Installing a stairlift: $1,500–$20,000 each
Lowering thermostat height: $75–$300 for each unit
Converting to bathrooms and kitchens that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines: $6,000–$40,000
Widening hallways: $10,000–$40,000
Widening a doorway: $500–$2,500
Wooden Wheelchair ramp or alumnium ramp: $1,200–$6,000
Adding exterior railings: $1,000–$2,500
(These prices are based on a national average.)
The average cost of nursing home care in North Carolina for a Private room is $ 8,060 per month according to Genworth study 2020. Even though some modifications will cost a great deal up front after months and years of use it will pay for itself especially when comparing it to paid institutional care. This year, please consider giving the gift of safety. If you are not sure where to begin, give me a call at 704-657-9598. I would be happy to help you understand what options are available and how you can best help your loved ones today and in the years to come.