Posts Tagged ‘senior citizen’


Aging At Home

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

aging man and young woman

When planning for retirement, we often think about how much money we need to save to retire comfortably. That’s great financially, but what about physically? It takes a lot of time and energy to maintain a home and as we age, we may not have the same amount of energy to dedicate to it due to health reasons. If you or a loved one plan on aging at home, here a few things to consider to make your “golden years” as enjoyable as possible.

Hand rails. Adding hand rails near the toilet and bath tub add extra security when standing up, helping to prevent falls.

Non-slip bath mat. A non-slip bath mat is always a good idea in the shower or bathtub to help prevent slips and falls.

Ramps. If your loved one uses a wheelchair or walker, adding a ramp to the front door will make entering and exiting the home much easier.

De-clutter. Sell or donate unnecessary items around the house. Keep hallways and floors free from extras to prevent an accidental fall.

Medical Alert Device. Having one of these can make a big difference in the case of an emergency, medical or otherwise, especially if your loved one is a fall risk.

Standing Tub. These can be a bit pricey but offer all of the benefits of a hot bath with the convenience/safety of a shower stall.

Lawn Care Professional. Yard work can be physically demanding, especially if you have a large one. Hiring someone to take care of the manual stuff leaves you with more time and energy to enjoy the outdoors.

Check Wiring. Your home’s wiring should be checked every few years to make sure everything’s up to standard; the average lifespan of your home’s wiring is 40 years.

Tack down rugs. Make sure you tack down the corners of rugs to help prevent falls. Adding shelf lining underneath rugs and carpet prevents sliding.

Stair Lift. Walking up and down the stairs can become a real chore in one’s later years. A stair lift helps to make the entire home accessible.

Widen Doors. This is especially helpful if a wheelchair is needed in the home. The cost for this type of project varies greatly. Pricing depends on the number of doors as well as other home structure factors, such as load-bearing walls.

Lever Style Door Knobs. Something as simple as turning a knob can be quite painful for someone who suffers from arthritis. Something as simple as changing door knobs makes a huge difference.

Lighting. Our eyes tend to weaken as we age, so having a well-lit home is important. Adding trellis/tracking lights to the stairs as well as night lights to the bedroom makes things safer for that nightly visit to the restroom.

Security System. Not only do security systems deter burglars from breaking and entering, they help put your loved one’s mind at ease, especially if they live alone.
If you find that you or a loved one could benefit from these home updates, you don’t have to go it alone. Call TalkLocal and we’ll connect you with a local pro who can help.

Granny Pod: Multi-Family and Senior Living Solution

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


As baby boomers begin to retire, what will happen to them? Where will they live? Retirement villages, nursing homes, or their own homes? What does a child do when their aging parent can no longer live independently? “Move them in,” you say, but what happens if there’s no space for their parent in their home? Well, that’s where the granny pod comes in — granny flat if you’re Australian. Of course, I personally prefer the term  “auxiliary dwelling units for the elder gentlewoman or man of exquisite taste and resourcefulness”.

What’s a “granny pod,” you ask? It’s basically a tiny home but much cooler (and safer). They’re “tiny home”-like structures that can be placed in your backyard. Most contain a kitchenette, a bedroom that also functions as a common area, and a bathroom. It’s like a deluxe master suite right in your backyard.

What makes a granny pod different than a tiny home? Well, for one thing, they have a cooler name. They’re also equipped with a lot of high end medical technology. The MedCottage, for example, boasts additional features, such as a virtual companion, a lift, video system that monitors at ankle level (no granny peep show here), pressurized ventilation, and the floor is specially cushioned in case of falls. Basically, in comparison to the tiny house, it’s the cousin at the family reunion who always has the latest gadgets.

Sounds great and all, but what’s the catch? Well, there are a few restrictions. (You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?) For one thing, these auxiliary dwelling units can only legally house one person. Also, there are sometimes zoning law restrictions that prevent people from getting granny pods. So, always check to see if you’re permitted to have one in your backyard.

Oooh, I’m interested! How much does it cost? They cost roughly $125,000, give or take a few thousand. Before you freak out, some companies will buy back your granny pod when it’s no longer needed (approximately $40,000). Also, the average cost of an assisted living facility is $42,000 a year. At those rates, it practically pays for itself.

So basically, we say that the granny pod is the perfect solution to keeping mom or dad close and letting her or him maintain their independence. If you need to get your lawn in order so you can move mom or dad in, give Talklocal a call and we’ll connect you with a landscaper in no time.