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CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM MarchApril 2016 111 versus objectives selecting a short list of providers exploring all financing options evaluating financial options making a final selection and beginning home care services. CHOOSING HOME CARE FOR SENIORS PART TWO Part Two of the series focuses on home modifications improvements or additions that better accommodate or facilitate home care. The joy of aging in place and receiv- ing care at home can be greatly enhanced by making age-friendly home modifica- tions improvements or in some situations additions. PERFORM AN ASSESSMENT The first step is to determine what home modifications are needed. A comprehen- sive assessment should not only be made of a homes interior but of the exterior as well. The assessment should center on such factors as self-reliance where practical or appropriate comfort convenience mobil- ity safety security and accessibility and that can be performed by using a standard checklist or by seeking the assistance of a professional. Certified Aging-in-Place Spe- cialists CAPS and Occupational Therapists are excellent choices for performing a pro- fessional evaluation. MAKING IMPROVEMENTS Once all modifications and improvements have been identified and prioritized the next step is the selection of a contractor to per- form desired improvements modifications or home additions. Most homes are built for young families and not for seniors who wish to age in place. So it is very common for se- niors to make significant improvements and modifications to their homes and in some cases build home additions that better facili- tate overall senior living and home care. There are a growing number of spe- cialty contractors who focus on senior liv- ing improvements and modifications. For selection ideas and suggestions please refer to the article titled Choosing a Builder or Contractor for Home Additions Remod- eling Projects that appeared on pages 112 through 120 of the JanuaryFebruary 14 issue of Chester County Life. This article covers such topics as following a selection process making design plans increasing knowledge of contractors conducting inter- views and receiving estimates exploring fi- nancing options negotiating contracts mak- ing decisions and finalizing permits. For information and free in-home assessment Call 610-644-8780 Serving Chester County since 2004Serving Chester County since 2004 Services include Personal care bathing dressing Meal preparation Light housekeeping laundry Shopping transporta- tion to appointments Medication reminders Companionship and much more Who do we serve Alzheimerdementia patients Hospice patients Parkinsons patients Stroke victims Rehab post surgical patients Those who need help with daily tasks Home care for your loved one whoHome care for your loved one whoHome care for your loved one who needs assistance in daily livingneeds assistance in daily livingneeds assistance in daily living We can make a differenceWe can make a difference SOME FINAL COMMENTS The joy of aging in place and receiving care at home can be greatly enhanced by making age-friendly home modifications improvements or additions. The starting point is to determine what home modi- fications or improvements are needed. A comprehensive assessment should be made of the homes interior and exteri- or. The assessment should consider such factors as self-reliance where practical comfort convenience mobility safety se- curity and accessibility and that can be performed by using a standard checklist or by seeking the assistance of a profes- sional. Once all modifications and im- provements have been identified and prioritized the next step is the selection of a contractor to perform the special- ized work. The joy and reward of mak- ing home improvements for aging in place and home care is priceless. CCL