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Do-It-Yourself Bath Renovations to Improve Safety for Dad: What You Should Consider

Senior Home Safety in Cherry Hill NJ

You’re handy with tools. You do a lot of work around your own house, and ever since your father has gotten older and you’ve been concerned about his safety, you’ve been thinking about ways you can improve his house. The most important thing for you is to keep him safe within the comfort of his own home.

You’ve been looking into bathroom renovations for him. 

Senior Home Safety in Cherry Hill NJ

Senior Home Safety in Cherry Hill NJ

You know the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the entire house. You understand the risks. You slipped in the shower yourself, but because you’re much younger and have a lot more strength than he does now, you were able to maintain your balance.

Maybe that last slip caused you to start wondering if your father would fall in the same type of situation. How much struggle does he go through just to get into and out of the shower or tub?

Your mother is closing in on 80 and you know she can’t really help him with a lot of those things. So, you’ve been thinking about installing grab bars and possibly even ripping out the tub to install a walk in tub.

Is this something you should be doing? 

How much experience do you truly have with bathroom renovations? You might have ripped out the cabinets in your kitchen and installed new ones. They might look great from a distance, but when you get up and close, do you see the errors in the work you did before? Are the counter tops truly level and flush?

Did you do a great job caulking the sink? A lot of people overestimate their actual ability to do certain types of home improvement projects, and they’re okay with it. They take a great deal of pride in what they accomplished with their own hands as opposed to calling a professional and experienced home contractor.

However, when it comes to bathroom renovations, especially with regard to safety for seniors at home, no one should take any chances. You may be relatively confident in your abilities, but if you’ve never installed grab bars before, how confident are you that you can anchor all the screws into the wall studs?

There might be vinyl for the tub surround or ceramic tile. That makes it a lot more difficult to actually find the studs behind the walls. If you don’t anchor the grab bars in properly, they could rip free from the wall at the worst possible time.

It’s best not to take chances when it comes to safety for seniors; the best thing would be to hire a professional contractor instead.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.

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Mariela McCarrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.

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