Home modifications may be necessary for people as they get older to improve safety. When seniors begin slowing down, it’s often the result of diminished strength. By the time a person reaches 40, it becomes more difficult for them to exercise, maintain the same stamina they had in their 20s or 30s, add muscle, and even tone up whatever muscle they do have.
What a person reaches 70, the slow down becomes exacerbated. It increases at an exponential rate each year after that. Some of these modifications may be necessary to improve safety for the seniors, and they can include installing grab bars in the tub or shower surround, making sure stairs are secure, securing handrails, installing a wheelchair ramp, installing a stair lift, installing new lighting, and so on.
It’s a great idea to make these improvements.
Some seniors may be reluctant to improve their home because they don’t see the point. They can’t, in their own mind at first, justify spending any kind of money on these home improvements, but eventually most seniors begin to realize how beneficial they can be.
If the elderly person doesn’t have experience doing these jobs themselves, they may need to look elsewhere.
That means they might need to hire a home contractor. Even if an adult child or close family member or friend has some experience with home improvement projects, if grab bars are not installed properly, for example, they can rip free of the wall. If an elderly person tries to hold onto these bars and slips and the bar rips out of the wall, it can cause an even more devastating injury.
So, when hiring home contractors, it’s important to hire a legitimate one.
Check the contractor’s license number. Make sure it is not just current, but that it belongs to him or her. There are far too many people out there advertising their services and experience for home improvement projects that either don’t have a license, are using somebody else’s license number without their knowledge, or are not insured or bonded, and that can lead to serious problems.
A legitimate home contractor will be fully licensed, insured, and bonded.
Their license will be verifiable through a government database and that can help ensure they not only know what they’re doing, but that they are legitimate and aren’t going to take the money and run, so to speak.
Making a decision to improve the home for safety is a great one, and making a good decision on whom to hire to do the work is another good one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Kannapolis, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132
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