Many senior homeowners prefer to stay in their home for as long as possible. In fact, according to the AARP study nearly 90% want to age in place. With the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the rate will likely increased. Nursing homes and senior facilities carry a high risk of spreading germs. And since seniors are most vulnerable to infectious diseases, it makes sense we want to age in place for as long as possible. Aging in place remodeling is a great place to start.
Aging in place or ageing in place means to live safely in the place you call home for the rest of your life. Many seniors own a home. Owning a home as a senior has many advantages. Equity, comfort, familiarity, and great memories are benefits of seniors keeping a home. But home ownership also causes challenges for seniors. Home maintenance, expenses, and routine upkeep often cause senior home sellers to downsize and sell their home. By far, the biggest challenge for senior homeowners is safety. Aging naturally presents changes to our lifestyle. Add the negative impact of chronic illnesses and a senior home may be the biggest safety threat. The standard home isn’t built for people with aging bodies, Arthritis, eye disorders, polypharmacy, and complications from Diabetes or heart and lung diseases. All of which can cause the most common problem for seniors, a fall. And complications from a fall are a leading cause of injury and death for adults over 65.
Standard homes just aren’t built for aging or the disabled. They are designed to never grow old, like Peter Pan. Carpeting, poor lighting, stairs, and slippery tubs and showers are just a few items that create safety challenges in a home.
But homes can be easily adapted through aging-in-place remodeling. Some changes are easily done by a handyman and other projects need a general contractor. Examples of aging-in place remodeling include:
Increasing lighting in stairwells, closets, and other high-risk areas
Adding grab bars, anti-slip bathtub treatments, or raised toilet seats
Widening thresholds for wheelchairs or walkers
Installing swing-clear hinges to widen doorways
Changing door handles to D-type for easy access
Adapting a kitchen using universal design
There are many benefits to aging in place remodeling. Living safely and independently are the two most important benefits. If you decide to adapt your home, use a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) to help you. A CAPS professional is specially trained by the National Home Builders Association to work with homeowners and landlords on home remodeling for the disabled and aging. A CAPS professional will complete a thorough assessment of your home. A CAPS professional will also design an aging in place remodeling plan based on your goals and budget. Your aging in place remodeling project starts with a home safety assessment. Contact a CAPS professional or a Certified Environment Access Consultant to get started. Learn more about aging in place in our Free Guide for Seniors.
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