THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE “A MODIFIED” HOME
Mike Campbell | Jun 2, 2011, 1:08 p.m.
While senior communities and assisted living facilities are perfect choices for some seniors, others prefer to remain in their own homes. It is for that reason, many boomers and beyond are beginning to incorporate various modifications into their homes.
Even as a young girl who had just awakened from a crazy dream, Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz” knew – “There’s no place like home.”
Our homes are where we find warmth, security and the comfort of familiar surroundings; and while today’s seniors are fortunate to have so many housing options available to them, including magnificent senior communities and beautiful assisted living facilities, for some, nothing will ever equal living in the home they have lived in for many years.
While senior communities and assisted living facilities are perfect choices for some seniors, others prefer to remain in their own homes when facing the challenges of aging and illness. The problem with the latter being a viable option is that in many cases people are not able to do stay in their homes because they are physically unsupportive environments that lack the necessary design features to ensure safety and accessibility.
It is for that reason, many California boomers and beyond are beginning to plan and incorporate various home modifications into their homes. They are attuned to what adjustments will be needed in order for them to be able to function independently and safely for as long as possible.
California has the nation’s largest older adult population with over four-million people over the age of 65. This number is projected to double over the next several decades. With the first of the baby boomers reaching retirement age this year, it is estimated that one in five Californians will be age 65 or older by 2030. In order to prepare for this, the California Department of Aging supports opportunities for Californians to be able to live safely in their homes as they age with many programs and resources being offered that will help keep aging Californians as independent as possible.
Listed below are just a few of the programs and resources available:
CalHome Program This program awards state funds to local public and non-profit agencies to assist individual households with the construction, purchase and rehabilitation of single-family owner-occupied homes and manufactured homes. For more information call (916) 327-3646.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) Local AAAs may provide funding for modifying and repairing homes. To locate contact information for the AAA in your area call (800) 677-1116 or go to www.eldercare.gov National
Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification Located at the University of Southern California, NRCSHHM’s Web site, http://homemods.org, is an excellent resource for consumers. It has links with many national associations and organizations that provide information on home modifications so that people can remain in their homes and age in place.
The California Department of Aging Anything you can do to make your home safer and more accessible now will help you remain independent and stay in your home for as long as possible. To help you do this the CDA can provide you with a “Home Safety Checklist” that is available on their Web site at: www.aging.ca.gov.