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Meaningful Modifications You Can Make to Your Home When Your Parent is Moving In

Senior Care in Palm Beach FL

As a family caregiver you will need to make many decisions to help create the care approach and quality of life that your aging parent needs and deserves. One of the most challenging decisions Senior-Care-in-Palm-Beach-FLthat you may need to make is whether your parent should transition into living in your home with you and your family. There are many reasons why this could be a benefit to your care efforts for your parents, including ensuring that they get the level of care that they need at all time, resolve distance caregiving issues, and save money. If you are planning on making this impactful change in your care approach, it is important to ensure that your home is ready, which might include making changes that will improve your parent’s care and lifestyle.


Some meaningful modifications that you can make to your home to improve your parent’s care and quality of life when they transition into living with you include:

  • Add handrails. Move throughout your home, including the outside, and identify areas that might be challenging for an elderly adult with mobility challenges. This can include stairs, walkways, and decks, as well as sunken floors and the bathroom. Add handrails to these areas to give your parent extra stability and help them to move with greater confidence and less fall risk. Make sure that these are secured in place properly so that they do not fall when your parent uses them.
  • Add extra lighting. Low vision is very common with elderly adults. Help them to see better for regular daily functioning as well as their favorite activities such as reading, sewing, puzzles, or crafts with extra lighting. This can be accomplished simply by putting in extra lamps but you can create a more effective lighting approach with recessed lighting throughout the home. This will allow your parent to adjust the lighting as necessary to accommodate their activities and needs.
  • Consider security. If your elderly loved one is transitioning into your home because they are suffering from cognitive limitations such as those associated with Alzheimer’s disease, you might be concerned about wandering. This can cause your parent to leave the home and be in a very dangerous situation. Before your parent moves in, consider putting in additional security measures to help prevent this danger. This can include adding in an alarm system, extra locks, or alarms on the windows.


Senior care can be a valuable supplement to the care that you give your aging parent. This senior home care services provider can be with your elderly loved one on a schedule that works for them according to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, goals, and opinions. Even if your parent has made the transition to live in your home with your family, having a senior care provider can help them to continue living the independent, active, and engaged lifestyle that they desire while staying safe, healthy, and comfortable. This means that you can also continue to live the lifestyle that you want and that you can focus your energy and attention on the other aspects of your life, such as your children, your career, your home, and your marriage.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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