WHY HOME ADAPTATIONS ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR
Living in a suitable home is crucially important to a good later life and home adaptations can improve the the accessibility of a persons home envirnmnet As we grow older many of us may have difficulty navigating our own homes . Stairs may become difficult to climb. Bathrooms can become more difficult and dangerous and other aspects of the house can become more inaccessible. It does not need to be like this.
If we want to continue to live in our current homes as we grow older and our needs change, we need to renovate and adapt them so they become easier places to live. Some of these modifications can be simple such as having grab rails installed . Other renovations such as elimination of steps, bathroom conversions or the addition of new room can be expensive , but can give the user a new lease of life and a renewed sense of independence
Home adaptations are a highly effective way of enabling safer and more independent living as we age.
WHAT HOME ADAPTATIONS YOU CAN MAKE FOR SAFER INDEPENDENT LIVING IN OLD AGE
Many of our homes are not designed to meet our requirements as we grow older. When areas of our home start to become unsafe or even inaccessible it may be time to look and explore how modifications and adaptations to the home can make your home more accessible. Our modification Services include Bathroom Adaptions, Kitchen adaptions, Stair lifts, home elevators, Grab Rails and non-slip floors. But before you look at the main adaptations we encourage you to look after the some of the items in the home that you can make safer .
Home adaptations can take 2 forms Optional based Home adaptations such as added lighting , rugs and cluttered living spaces or Needs based home adaptations such as Bathroom adaptations, removal of steps and wider doorways .
Take a moment to look at the optional based adaptations here and see if there are some simple changes that you can make now to make your home safer.
THE COST OF HOME ADAPTATIONS FOR SAFER LIVING
According to data from the 2016 census report , approximately 1.2 Million of our growing population will be over the age of 65 by 2040 . As our population ages many Irish seniors are now planning for where and how they want want to live in old age.
The cost of having your home adapted for safer living can range between €18,000 and €20,000 depending on the scale of works to be done. This cost does not include carer giver hours . There are a number of financial supports available to Irish seniors which you can explore here.
Become part of the growing trend of Irish people and start planning and exploring the options and ideas for ageing at home.
3 steps to safer and more independent living in your own home
The Process to adapting your home for safer and independent living is straight forward and while grants are available for some of the products and services, they are means tested and can take time to be approved. You can check your eligibility for you grant here
EVALUATION & DESIGN
Est. Turnaround: 2 days – 1 week
The Ageing in Place Ireland team can arrange for proper evaluation and cost assessment to be carried out depending on your requirements . The process of receiving your product or service evaluation is entirely FREE and without obligation . We recommend that you speak to our ageing in place product specialist first to gauge the home modification options and budget costs.
Est. Turnaround: Your Decision
Depending on an individuals circumstances private funding your ageing in place home adaptation is the quickest way of having the works completed quickly . While some minor home modifications are not expensive , some more substantial home modifications can be costly . Click here to see private funding options.
Est. Turnaround: 3 – 9 months
There are a range of Ageing in place , home adaptation and mobility aid grants available on a means tested basis . The grant application process can take up to 9 months for approval and in all cases NO works can be carried out until approval is granted. You can check you eligibility for a grant here , or contact us and we can assist you with the process.
Est. Turnaround: 2 – 6 weeks
Some of the products associated with home adaptation contain purpose built elements such as curved stair lifts , home elevators and bathroom products . Once all components are confirmed we advice you to place your order in good time.
Most works related to the category can be done in a day or two . However some of the more substantial works can involve different trades and can therefore take longer to finish . In all cases you should schedule the works in advance and agree these with your contractor .
Once your works have been completed you will be given emergency contact numbers , products guarantees and a vat invoice . Please note as this product category is vat exempt you are entitled to reclaim all vat related to the works .
HOME ADAPTATION IDEAS AND RESULTS , FUNCTIONALITY WITH STYLE
One of the issues that often prevent us from adapting our homes is that we are worried that the products will result in a “medical style” finish. Ageing in place products and services have seen a significant amount of innovation and there are a number of product and solutions that are both stylish, practical and will provide you with level of safety you need in you senior years , for example :