Other Solutions

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In addition to our home care services, At Home Care™ provides qualified referrals for other products & services in an effort to offer complete and safe solutions to our clients. Creating a comprehensive solution could require considerations for:

Home Safety
There exist many risks for injury to people with functional limitations in the common household, therefore impeding upon their capability to successfully age in place, etc. Among the greatest threats is falling. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injurious death especially among older adults. Therefore, engagement in fall prevention is crucial to one’s ability to age in place. Common features in an everyday household, such as a lack of support in the shower or bathroom, inadequate railings on the stairs, loose throw rugs, and obstructed pathways are all possible dangers to an older person. However, simple and low-cost modifications to an older person’s home can greatly decrease the risk of falling, as well as decreasing the risk of other forms of injury. Consequently, this increases the likelihood that one can age in place.

Some examples of home modifications include: increased lighting, contrasting colors, accessible switches at both ends of the stairs, additional railings, grab bars, nonskid flooring, a hand-held, flexible shower head, and the removal of throw rugs and clutter. In most cases, home modifications can be simple and cost-effective, while simultaneously offering substantial benefits to the individual. Other modifications to the home – especially those that require retrofitting – are a little more costly due to increased complexity of installation. These can include: ramps for accessible entry and exit, walk-in shower, sliding shelves, stairlifts, or even home elevators. Many homes are built or retrofitted with the Universal Design model in mind, which makes everything in the home accessible to all people with or without functional limitations.

At Home Care™ offers referrals for Aging-In-Place modifications by Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS®) that are designated by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB®), as well as referrals for Universal Design concepts consistent with the Inclusive Design Guidelines set forth by the American Institute of Architects. We also provide referrals for qualified suppliers and installers of Home Safety Systems, Proximity Alarms, Life-Safety Systems, Safety Products, Mobility Equipment and Dispensers.

Legal & Financial
As we live longer more productive lives, comprehensive Elder Financial Planning is critical for long-term care plans and solutions And unfortunately, the elderly are easy prey for those without good intentions. The nonprofit Investor Protection Trust finds that 20% of Americans over age 65, or 7.3 million people, have been victims of financial swindles. As such, solutions should be sought with providers that operate with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) guidelines in mind. At Home Care™ can refer financial experts that are experienced in elderly financial issues such as general financial affairs, long-term care, tax planning and estate planning.

Elder Law involves planning for the complex health care, long-term care, and other legal issues facing elderly and disabled individuals and their families. Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the disposal of an estate; when you want, to whom you want, and in the way you wish, and often involves the will, trust, beneficiary designations, powers of appointment, property ownership, tax planning, gift, and powers of attorney – specifically the durable financial power of attorney and the durable medical power of attorney.

At Home Care™ can provide experienced providers for legal & financial solutions that ensure resources for long-term care and protect your family’s property and assets.

Real Estate
The National Association of Realtors® certification, Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES,® are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. By earning the SRES® Designation, a REALTOR® has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. A SRES® has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

At Home Care™ can refer certified SRES® professionals to provide comprehensive real estate solutions to meet your family’s needs.

Vehicle Conversions
Just as homes may need modifications to promote safety and independence, vehicles may need the same type of modifications. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an Association of Mobility Dealers, Manufacturers and Rehabilitation Professionals that advocates providing safe, reliable vehicles and modifications to enhance accessibility for all people.

At Home Care™ has the professional network available to provide comprehensive vehicle modification solutions.

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