We have heard for some time now how many older people want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. They want to avoid being forced to move into a facility because they were no longer safe in their environments.
Many cities have taken the lead in assisting older people transform their current homes into lifelong homes. Partnering with companies and agencies that can renovate their existing homes, bringing services closer to the communities in which they are needed or helping seniors find more suitable living space to better meet their needs as they age are initiatives that need to happen in all cities so more people can age in place.
Plan Your Home for Aging in Place Now
Most young people who purchase a home are not thinking about size and layout specifications that will help them in retirement. However, 50 year olds have begun examining their present living situation so that when they redecorate or renovate they include options that will make it easier for them to remain in their beloved homes.
Simple things you can do as you approach your retirement will benefit you in the long run. Installing higher toilets and sinks, walk in showers, grab bars, lever faucets and shower benches when you update your bathroom are wise decisions now and in the future.
If you knock down a wall to make a great room, consider widening your doorways and halls to accommodate a wheelchair which may be necessary down the road. Don’t overlook bringing your master bedroom down to the main living floor when you complete a renovation. Is your front door or porch in need of handrails or fewer steps so you can come and go with ease later?
Currently it is estimated that 25-40% of home renovations are including strategies to make the living space accessible for future aging needs.
Unfortunately, many people don’t plan ahead and have a shock when something tragic happens forcing them to act fast. A few small changes along the way as you look to your future will pay big dividends later.