Remodeling your home always takes a good amount of forward thinking: Will that pool offer ROI? Will you still want that basement rec room when the kids leave for college? But when elderly homeowners prep for a remodel, even more consideration is needed as they prepare to age in place.
Common Features in Aging-In-Place Remodels
According to the AARP, older homeowners prefer to age in place, meaning they want to live in their homes safely, independently and comfortably, despite age or ability level. To do so, many require a few modifications in the home to enhance maneuverability, including the installation of a private elevator and the addition of a bathroom and bedroom to the main level.
Other common aging-in-place remodels include the removal of front stairs (in favor of ramp access), the widening of doorways, one-floor designs, walk-in tubs and shower seats.
Best Professionals to Contact
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) may prove helpful. CAPS professionals are remodelers, general contractors, designers, architects, and healthcare consultants who are trained in the unique needs of the elderly, aging-in-place home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), together with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council, and AARP, developed the CAPS program to address the growing number of consumers who will soon require modifications to their homes.
When remodeling a home you plan to spend the rest of your life in, it’s important to examine your space from every possible angle. Do you have room for a caretaker? For future grandchildren? How accessible is your bathroom, really? What will your home look like if you can no longer use the stairs?
Considering all of these factors can help you age in place with grace and ease.
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