Caring for the elderly parents

Door knob with deadbolt and lever for easier aging in place option

Door Knobs and Keys are Kings today! With an article on the importance of changing your locks when you move into a new home at Kaye Swain.com and an article about the challenges of rekeying or replacing locks and doors if you have a vintage old house at HistoricOldHomes.com. And now, it's time for yet another take on this subject. Yes, if you are caring for elderly parents and helping them move into a new home on their own or with you, it's just as important to change the locks for them as for you. But while you're at it, you might also take a good look at the door knobs – both inside and out. For many elderly parents, the traditional door knobs are too hard for them to manage easily – or may become more difficult a lot faster than you may think.

One of the things I'm adding to my wish list of aging in place options for my senior mom the next time we move is door knobs that are levers. They are much easier for an aging senior to manipulate than the balls or pinch style door "knobs."

With levers, if they need to, they can just push down with their wrist. There is no real flexibility or range of motion issue required. And that can be a big help for an aging parent dealing with arthitis, torn rotator cuffs, or other health issues causing limited range of motion.

So when you are looking at the doors and figuring out how to rekey/change the locks, you might want to think about replacing some of the vital ones for your senior parents and replacing them with levers at the same time. By combining the jobs, you can save time and money and I bet you also put a big smile on your elderly parent's face. 🙂

P.S. They can be easier for our younger grandkids too – a twofer that will result in a multiplication of smiles! 🙂 

 

Fun for boomer and senior grandparents in OR out of the Sandwich Generation at the Grand Social

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Grab bars are grand aging in place options that are useful for ALL ages - universal designREDday 2014 has come and gone. A day when my fellow Keller Williams real estate agents and brokers have the blessing of helping others in our local communities. It was a grand and exhilarating experience. I was especially touched to be a part of giving a no-longer-used nursing home a new lease on life. We worked hard to help transform it into a soon-to-open home for at-risk teens

I am so grateful none of my grandkids have need of that. However, I know some may have friends or friends of friends who might be blessed to hear of this option and I have already passed that info on to a couple of different people. What a vital ministry!

As I cleaned bathrooms and painted bedrooms, I noticed the grab bars in each bathroom and smiled to see them. As you probably have noticed, I'm a big fan of Universal Design including grabbers in every bathroom and this is one place that will definitely have that! 🙂

And speaking of aging in place options, another favorite of mine is a bathroom and bedroom on the main floor so our elderly parents don't have to deal with stairs if they are living with us.  One important thing I've learned is that when you search the MLS here, it pays to search specifically for 3/4 as part of the bathroom equation. If it's a two story home and includes a 3/4 bath – i.e. 1 and 3/4 bath – there is a good chance that home has a shower on the main floor. And if there is also a bedroom or den on the main floor, that could be used as a bedroom, giving you a good option for your elderly parent.  Another good option can be a home with a master suite on the main floor. Yes, it can be hard to give up that master bedroom but it can allow them to be on the first floor, give them a little "mini-apartment," and provide them and you with some much needed privacy at times. 

I did a homes for sale search for homes with 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bathrooms and a master on the main which turned up 776. Of those, 53 are listed as disabled access. And if I remove the master on the main, there are 73 homes listed with disabled access. And for the broad search of 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bathroom – there are 2,115 homes. 

If I narrow it down to my neck of the woods, there are 21 disabled access homes, 234 homes with a master on the main,  and 640 homes listed with 3 bed and 1.75 bath. 

It's always nice to have lots of choices, isn't it? If you are caring for the elderly parents or relatives in your family and are interested in moving this type of search could turn up some good options for you. Be sure to link up with a REALTOR® who specializes in boomers and seniors and knows the various ways to search their MLS for these types of specialized options.

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P.S.I'd love to help you with your real estate needs. Even if you live outside this area, I'd be glad to help you find a Real Estate specialist to help you with your specific aging in place and eldercare-home-friendly needs. Just "call Kaye" at 657-229-5293 or send me an email to Kaye@KayeSwain.com   🙂