Alice was a seventy-two year old woman with multiple chronic health conditions including Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These conditions required close monitoring and regular medical attention. Alice had no children and her husband had passed away less than a year ago. Her extended family, which was very involved in her care, wanted to help her move into a nearby nursing home facility. Alice was adamant that she wanted to stay in her home and her husband had left her with a nest egg that could continue to fund a long term home healthcare assistant and see to her ongoing needs.
Alice had some other mobility issues that were making daily living more difficult. She lived in a two story home and hadn’t been able to get up her stairs since her husband passed away earlier in the year. She had turned her formal dining room into a makeshift bedroom. Her downstairs half bathroom was small and cramped making it very difficult to use. Her extended family had explored having some substantial home modifications done to add a full bathroom down stairs with an accessible shower, to add a first floor laundry/utility room, and to “formally” turn the dining room into a bedroom with closet space and an added door that could be closed for privacy.
- Because Alice lived alone, her extended family feared adding a stair lift that she would have to operate while she was alone.
- With COPD, the dust and dirt that a traditional remodel would create and the long term effect of it getting into her homes air ducts was a serious concern for her health.
- Alice would have to live in the home during any changes so minimizing the time to complete any home modifications or a remodeling project was imperative.
- There wasn’t enough space on the first floor of her current home to contain the bathroom she desperately needed along with the sleeping space and privacy she desired.