Lifespan Home Modifications provides planning, design, specification and construction services to accommodate the housing needs of older adults. Our expertise spans the range of senior housing options from single-family homes to apartments and condominiums to independent and assisted living communities. Our clients include proactive homeowners, retirees, children of older adults, caregivers, health care providers and service agencies. We also assist businesses that specialize in senior housing services.
Our projects result in attractive, comfortable, convenient, durable, easy to use living environments that are also safe, accessible and low maintenance. They adapt to meet the changes older adults experience and improve their quality of life as well as the quality of life for the people around them. Our work also demonstrates how Universal Design, home modifications and Aging-In-Place work together.
Understanding these terms and how we apply them will help you determine whether our services fit your needs.
Home modification means changing existing living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical or cognitive limitations so they can continue living independently and safely. Modifications can range from simply adding grab bars or making lighting improvements to major home remodeling or new additions. People usually become aware of the need for home modifications when an incident or series of incidents occur. Events like returning home to recuperate following hospitalization or noticing that a parent is falling frequently or receiving fewer visits from older friends and family members often alert people to a home’s limitations.
Our home modifications usually have one or more of the following specific goals:
- Prepare a home for the future long-term needs of the family
- Reduce injuries from home accidents so people can live safer, fulfilling and enjoyable lives, reduce healthcare costs and delay or eliminate the need for institutionalization
- Provide a supportive environment that makes daily tasks easier
- Make home health care easier and reduce the risk of injuries to caregivers
- Welcome friends and relatives to a more accessible home
- Ensure that home modifications add value to the home for future resale
See the links below for more about home modifications.
Cooperative Extension Service “Aging In Place in Alaska” video
Universal Design refers to products and living environments that are usable by everyone to the greatest extent possible regardless of a person’s age or ability. Examples of Universal Design are everywhere yet we seldom notice them. Opening a door using a levered handle is easier than using a round doorknob whether you are a person with arthritis or carrying a child. Spaces without stairs, steps or raised thresholds are easier to navigate whether you are using mobility aids like a walker or wheelchair or you are pushing a stroller or rolling luggage.
We use Universal Design planning principles, building products and installation techniques to make new homes and existing rooms or spaces that are safe and accessible as well as aesthetically appealing and functional. This approach guarantees that our projects work well for a wide variety of people with different needs over long periods of time.
See the links below for more about Universal Design.
Aging-In-Place refers to the ability to live in your own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability. It provides a wide range of community-based services to older adults living in their own home rather than group or institutional settings. Typical services include assistance with housekeeping, laundry, errands, grocery shopping, meals, prescription delivery, home health care, medication reminders and caregiving. Aging-In-Place also includes housing services like remodeling contractors, handymen, carpenters, plumbers and electricians with experience doing home modifications that address the specific needs of older adults.
As National Association of Home Builders Certified-Aging-In-Place Specialists, we look for simple low-cost modifications that make homes work better for people experiencing age-related changes. These often include improving lighting, providing at least one step-free entrance to a home, adding stair handrails, supplying slip-resistant flooring, specifying accessible kitchen appliances or installing height-adjustable hand-held showerheads. Simple modifications like these help people adapt to changes in vision, hearing, mobility, dexterity, stamina and cognition without changing their quality of life.
See the links below for more about Aging-In-Place.