Aging in Place – Remodeling the Home to Accommodate It

June 19, 2018

Things have changed for those who are seniors. What was considered “old” even as little as 10 to 15 years ago is not viewed in the same way today. Active seniors of 70 and 80 years old are out and about hiking, running, kayaking, playing tennis, even doing marathons.

Plans to “age in place” have become more likely and more desired.  Active seniors want to stay in their homes. They are not living solitary, isolated lives because they are engaged in social groups and activities.  Their comfort level includes the familiar, welcoming home where they’ve spent much of their lives, where they can enjoy entertaining friends and family.

Very recently, the NAHB reported that the “strongest and most consistent growth in remodeling has been the “desire to be able to age in place,” with an increase from 32 percent in 2012 to 52 percent currently, with a particularly abrupt 10-point jump between 2017 and 2018.” 

This may be exactly what you have in mind as you are heading toward the senior years. The Senior Advisor offers several helpful ideas and potential hazards that can be avoided – here are a few:

  • Specifically look for potential hazards
  • Get rid of rugs
  • Add additional lighting
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom
  • Provide an alternative to bath or shower access

Below is an article from Houzz for ways to “Age-Proof” your Bathroom.  Make use of these ideas and what’s out there to help if your ideal home is one you plan to grow old in!

NAHB Aging in Place

 

Shown above is a recent Carmel Builders remodel with a shower seat and a safety bar.