If you can’t ever imagine leaving your home, you may want to consider aging in place. This trend has become popular with the aging population because it offers more cost efficiency and allows you to remain in your home.
Aging in place isn’t for everyone though. Homes with multi-stories and staircases can make getting around difficult, and replacing stairs with elevators or starlifts can be quite expensive.
If you’re considering converting your home for safer living, find a Certified Aging in Place Specialist through The National Association of Home Builders. Professionals with their certification have completed special training on residential home remodeling for aging in the home.
The goal of home modifications is to make the living environment more accessible. Obvious changes include lowering the threshold of doors so they don’t cause falls, adapting the home to lower-floor living, and installing grab bars, nonslip floors and walk-in showers in bathrooms.
Less obvious, but still essential, changes include faucets that turn on automatically, higher toilets and wider doorways for easier access. As the body ages, it becomes more difficult to move around freely and safely. It’s important to make as many accommodations as you can to maintain and improve your quality of life.
Some adults prefer to plan ahead and find a home that converts more easily, while others may even build an open-concept, single-floor dwelling specifically for aging in place. There are many options depending on your budget and needs. Consult with a specialist to find out what you can do.
For some seniors, aging in place is not an appropriate solution, especially if the need for a safer home is imminent or you need socialization. Home modifications take time and money, and for some, finding a new home is a better option. If you’re thinking of moving you or your loved one into a new home, consider talking to a senior housing placement specialist about your options.
CarePatrol of Baltimore is a local organization that helps families find assisted living, independent living, memory care and in-home care services free of charge in Baltimore City and County. For more information, contact Paula Sotir, BSN, MGA and Certified Senior Advisor, at (410) 844-0800 or [email protected] You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarePatrolBaltimore.