How to Encourage Aging Parents to Install an Elevator in Their Home
October 29, 2019
Do you have an elderly parent who has lost their independence? If so, maybe it is time to encourage them to have an elevator installed in their home. Sometimes parents think they are still independent when really they cannot get around by themselves anymore. In this case they need a little encouragement to realize they need to regain their independence again.
When you are trying to encourage and aging parent to win back their independence it is a good idea to let them make the final decision. There are several ways to accomplish this so keep in mind they never want to feel like that were forced to do something. First and foremost making an elderly person understand that having an elevator installed will give them their independence back. They would not have to rely on home health providers or other family members. Another way to encourage them is to ask them if they would like to take a trial run with it. They may be inclined to think an elevator in general is a big expensive box that would take up a lot of space in their home. But a stair lift is a type of elevator an aging parent could have installed in their home. Stair lift is a chair type device that is mounted to the railing of your stairs that moves up and down the rails to get you from one floor to the next. This type of device is easy to install and does not take up a lot of space in their home. Another type of elevator an aging person could have installed and it would not take up a lot of space is called a home lift. This is an elevator only intended for only one or two people at a time. A concern that may come up when you are trying to encourage them to have an elevator is installed is cost. They may think it is pricey but there are ways that it can be installed for them at no cost. If your parent has medicare it can cover up to 100%. Medicare part B does cover lifts.
There are ways some very persuasive way to encourage an aging person to have an elevator installed. If they are approached in a manner where they do not feel like they are being forced into a situation to make a purchase. Also, if you can show them the difference in independence or being dependent on a home nurse or nursing facility an elevator just might sound like a great idea to them.