Greater Victoria Seniors, Age at Home Safely.
Safety At Home, is one of the most common concerns expressed by Seniors and their family members. Hallways and doors of old homes are often not built to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, the vision of you (your children’s Grandma or Grandpa) falling and being unable to reach out for help is frightening.
And then there is the financial side of maintaining their home and paying the mortgage if it is still active.
Creating a Plan to Age at Home Safely is can be your Safety Net and a great way to determine how to make some adjustments to the home and lifestyle.
There are some compelling reasons to Age at Home Safely, in the house they have lived in for so long if there are ways to overcome the potential problem areas.
Numerous Studies show conclusively that seniors living in their own homes (safely) are happier and healthier. Conversely there are also reports of increasing number of accidents in and around the Home by Seniors.
Fortunately there are a number of resources and assistance programs that can reduce the risks of at Home Accidents and also assist you with some of the expense of any required Home adaptations (if needed).
CMHC, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has 2 excellent reports available, which we have in stock at our office, and you can request your FREE copy here for immediate download or Free Delivery in Greater Victoria BC.
- Maintaining Seniors Independence, A Guide to Home Adaptations
- Maintaining Seniors Independence, Through Home Adaptations, A Self Assessment Guide
CMHC also is the administrator for 2 Financial Support Programs:
- HASI, Home Adaptations For Seniors Independence (in the form of a forgivable loan up to $ 3,500 for minor adaptations needed)
- RRAP-D, Residential Rehabilitation Assistance for Persons With Disabilities, For more extensive modifications to a home, intended for low income home owners and renters with disabilities.
- Veterans Affairs Canada, may be able to assist those eligible veterans that require minor Home Adaptations
- Seniors BC, Is the Website for the BC Government Provincial Seniors Assistance Services and Programs, and a good resources for many Seniors Focused Programs, including their version of a Age at Home Safely, Home Improvement Financial Assistance Program.
- VIHA, Vancouver Island Health Authority, has a number of services and support programs in place that will make aging at home safely very possible for most people.
Our personal experience with all the above Government Funded Organizations has been excellent al be it from time to time delays and waiting for answers or solutions can have very substantial impact on the quality of life.
We know from Peter’s Affiliation with the Esquimalt Lions and The Elder Friendly Community Network, that many of the Greater Victoria Communities have numerous local Service Clubs, Charity Initiatives, Community Centre’s, Senior Outreach workers, as well as many many volunteer groups that will do their very best to find ways that you can continue to Age at Home Safely.
If you wonder why a Peter Pfann, A Real Estate Agent, would offer tips about aging safely at home; Peter’s Mother had a life changing accident in her own home years ago, which cut short her well deserved retirement years.
In addition to the above 2 Free Reports, (please Request Your Free Copies), over the past years we have compiled, met and reviewed many other resources for potential assistance to make sure you can Age at Home Safely, so please text, talk or email Peter and it will be our pleasure to connect you with one or more of the appropriate Senior Focused resources available in the Greater Victoria Area.