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Why Seniors Should Work with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist?

NWI Independent Senior, meeting, planningIf you’re a senior who doesn’t want to move, you’re normal.  In fact, according to AARP, as many as 90% of people 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible.  This senior citizen tip is about why seniors should work with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist to stay independent longer.

A lot has changed since our generation became seniors.  The days of growing old and going straight into a nursing home after retirement no longer exists.  The new senior generation is active and determined to stay independent.

Also, financially, the thought of getting a new mortgage after our home is paid off is stressful.  After all our number one fear is outliving our money in retirement.

The challenge is that our homes may not fit our aging bodies.  Arthritis may make it difficult to climb stairs, doorways may not be wide enough for a wheelchair, or the lighting and carpeting create trip hazards.

That’s where aging-in-place is an option.  Aging-in-place is remodeling or adapting NWI Certified Aging in Place, safety, living life at homeyour home to fit your aging body.  Aging-in-place can be as simple as adding extra lighting in the closets and stairwells, replacing hazardous carpet with non-slip flooring, or adding grab bars to your shower and toilet area.  Aging-in-place can also be extensive such as remodeling or retrofitting a kitchen or bathroom.

Some jobs you can do yourself or hire a handyman.  But for remodeling and retrofitting, you want a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.  A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is specially trained by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to assess, recommend, and modify your home to help you stay independent longer as you age.  Besides training, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist must also pass a certification exam and attest to abide by the standards of the National Association of Home Builders.

A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist also knows the building codes for adapting your home.  This is important when you decide to sell your home.  This senior citizen tip is to use a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist if you decide to adapt your home to fit your aging body and stay independent longer.

Are you a senior or senior helper in NWI who needs help moving, or has an insurance or aging-in-place question?  Call me today at 219-315-6569 with your questions.  Find out what your home is worth and remember to ask for your free guide.

For more tips on real estate, aging-in-place, and not outliving your money, request a copy of our free book, The Northwest Indiana Guide for Seniors.