The moment that you realize your mother’s house is not as safe as it could be for her, then you will likely be doing one of two things: encouraging her to move, either in with you or to a safer place, or you will try to find out what can be done to improve the safety in her home. Senior care requires us to consider safety of the elderly individuals, but when you have decided to make some home improvements, do you know how to choose the right home improvement contractor to do this work?
Look in the Yellow Pages, go online, or even head down to your local hardware or home improvement store and you might be able to find a number of contractors who all promise to do some incredible work at reasonable prices. Yet there are too many horror stories out there about contractors who took the money, did half the work, then disappeared. You don’t want that to happen to your elderly loved one.
Below are some tips that will help you find a contractor who will not only be qualified but who will have experience with senior care home improvements.
1. Contact local senior care agencies and ask if they have any referrals. Some agencies and businesses won’t give referrals because of liability issues. However, you may be able to get some names of contractors who are skilled and reliable.
2. Rely on Internet review sites. While we don’t endorse Angie’s List, this site may be able to give you some insight into various contractors in the area. Contractors cannot pay for placement or to boost their rating; they are honest reviews from previous customers.
3. Check on the state license number of the contractor. When you contact a contractor, ask for their state license number, then verify it. Just because someone has a number to give you, that doesn’t mean it’s actually theirs, or current.
4. Ask about insurance and bonding. Any contractor worth his or her weight will be licensed, insured, and bonded. If they aren’t, then you should probably keep searching.
5. Ask neighbors or family who they may have used in the past. Word of mouth referrals are an important way to help us find some quality home improvement contractors. Rely on them, but also follow numbers 3 and 4 on this list to be sure you’re getting the best one.
When you are concerned about safety for your elderly loved one, choosing the right contractor can make a world of difference. Senior care sometimes requires us to find outside help, and hiring the right contractor will mean you’ll get the necessary work done the right way, the first time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at (203) 340-0652.