Explore short-term senior care during home renovations. Seniory has tips on home safety modifications and how to care for seniors while they're being implemented.
Assisted living in a senior housing community is typically considered to be a permanent move for an elderly loved one. But it doesn’t have to be. Short-term senior care is now offered by nearly all senior communities, including those that are part of the Seniorly family.
Short-term stays in senior living communities are sometimes referred to as respite care. They are a great option for elderly loved ones recovering from a hospital stay. Short-term stays can also be helpful when family members who are caregivers go away on vacation. It’s also a nice option for someone who wants to try out senior housing before deciding on a community and making the transition.
Short-term assisted living can also play a crucial part in helping elderly loved ones who are determined to age in place, by providing an easy, safe and comfortable dwelling while the family home undergoes important safety modifications.
6 reasons why home safety modification is important
Home safety improvements are a necessary precaution for elderly loved ones who want to remain in their homes as they age. A major goal in home safety modification is preventing falls. Mobility, muscle strength, vision, and balance can all decline with age. This contributes to an increased risk of falling. Making adjustments, such as adding grab bars and eliminating tripping hazards, can help counter that risk.
The most important home safety improvements for aging in place
Independent living for an elderly loved one who is determined to remain in their home requires making changes to the home to ensure their safety:
Why choose assisted living while safety improvements are added
Most assisted living communities offer short-term stays lasting from two weeks to a month long. If you are working with a contractor to install safety features in a home, you can specify that the work needs to be completed within 30 days.
Short-term senior care can be a treat for your elderly loved one while their home safety projects are being completed. They can enjoy a private, furnished apartment with housekeeping and laundry services. Many senior living communities have common areas that resemble upscale hotels with activities and entertainment, libraries, restaurant-style dining choices, fitness centers, and even personal care salons.
Your loved one will be spared the confusion and uproar of the remodeling process and return home from their respite stay feeling like they have just been away on vacation.
Emma Rodbro is Seniorly’s Head of Product Experience & Operations. Emma’s passion for reducing social isolation in aging populations was undoubtedly influenced by her own experience as a teenager and spending time with her grandfather. Emma went on to earn her Bachelor or Arts in Public Health and Sociology from Brown University and holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not at work, Emma is a volunteer at DOROT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of an aging population.
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