Due to the rising costs of elderly care and the desire for elders to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, more and more homeowners today are building inlaw suites for their elderly parents. An in-law suite can be built in a converted garage, a finished walk-out basement, or a typical bedroom. Alternatively, in-law suites can be built as an entirely new addition to the home.
Whatever the case may be, it's important to consider the electrical requirements beforehand, especially since electricity may be medically important at some point in the future. Here are a few things to consider.
Of course, the inlaw suite will need electrical outlets and they need to be in compliance with the local building codes. That said, the placement electrical outlets in the bedroom portion of the in-law suite are crucially important. Just in case there's a medical need for equipment in the future, it's important to install electrical outlets on each side of the bed at the head of the bed. At the foot of the bed, install an electrical outlet directly in the floor. That way, an electrical hospital bed can be plugged in without any concern of tripping over the cord.
Smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors are very important, especially when it comes to alerting the elderly who may not be able to move as quickly as when they were younger. The detectors in the in-law suite should be extremely reliable and sensitive. The most effective way to achieve these requirements is to hard-wire the devices directly into the home's electrical system. The detectors should be designed to trigger an alert elsewhere in the house and/or on your mobile device(s). It's also a good idea to have the detectors monitored by a professional service, especially if you, your spouse, and other household members aren't home during the work week.
For easy communication between the in-law suite and the rest of the house, consider installing an intercom system. An intercom system can be designed with an emergency call button similar to what is found in hospital rooms. An intercom system with an emergency call button will help your elderly parent feel as independent as possible, given the situation. Keep in mind that hearing issues may become problematic in the future, if not already, but a hearing problem does not have to be an obstacle as there are communication systems available for the hearing impaired as well. Click here for info on preparing a room in your home for your loved ones!