Adapting the Home

  • October 10, 2017

Adapting the Home

When I first started caregiving, I was in my 30s and didn’t have mobility or sight issues. I didn’t have a lot of patience for issues that I now realize was related to diminishing sight, mobility, hearing and stamina. These issues included lack of cleanliness around the kitchen and bathroom, clothes with stains, dishes that seemed dirty, etc. I thought it was related to a mental decline, but in hindsight, and after reading the Canadian Housing and Mortgage (CMHC) booklets I realized there were other factors involved. Wish I had read this sooner.

CMHC low cost or no cost summary of housing adaptations that can be made to a home.

Here is an Assessment Guide that might help you determine which changes you may need to make: CHMC - Maintaining Seniors’ Independence Through Home Adaptations: A Self-Assessment Guide

CMHC has also produced a series of booklets and a quick reference guide on housing design and adaptations for people living with dementia:

Housing Options for People Living with Dementia Helpful Home Changes

Volume 1 – What and Where is Home?

Volume 2: Supporting and Managing Home

Note that some of the references to government programs are out of date and the programs are no longer being offered.

Volume 3: Case Studies of different living arrangements

For more studies and advice about aging in place from CHMC, visit this link: CMHC: Aging in Place

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