Adapting homes to meet the needs of seniors

There?s no place like home. Unless if you are having a hard time getting up the stairs to go to the bathroom, that is! As the years go by, many seniors find they have an increasingly harder time living in their homes. The yard has become too much work; the bathroom has become a danger zone; and certain storage spaces have become all but unreachable. And those stairs! Who invented those things anyway? But it can be hard to leave a home and all its memories.

Before you stick a ?for sale? sign on your lawn, maybe you should first consider adapting your home to meet your needs. You can do this by making a list of all the problems you currently have with your home. You may find that you can easily correct some of these problems on your own, while others might require the services of professionals who specialize in adapting homes for seniors.

For those who cannot afford changes, federal and provincial governments have residential adaptation assistance and shelter allowance assistance programs that can help offset some or all of these costs. There are also domestic assistance services available to seniors. These initiatives are there to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible.