Aging With Your Home

The Coconut Telegraph

Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now – that may be not always be the question on your mind when buying a house. Usually, we go for Mr. Right Now – the perfect house, that has everything you’ve been wanting. But then time goes by faster than you realized and you discover you’re in love. This house is THE one. You’re attached to the neighbors, the location is just steps to your favorite coffee shop and just minutes to the park. Why would you leave? Well, now that you’re getting older and the kids have started their own lives you’re not sure the house is ready for the next phase in your life – but you’re in love and you don’t want to leave.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal offers insight into the 50 and over generation who are ready to make their home life friendly. From retrofitting to additions your options are limitless. Here are some of the best options for aging with your home:

  • Fewer steps – add gently sloping ramps into your home and create no-step entries.
  • First floor master – ensure your home has a first floor bedroom (or option for a bedroom) and bathroom, if you live in a multi-story home, leave the upstairs for when guests visit.
  • Larger doorways – Increase door widths to a minimum of 32 inches
  • Bathroom safety – add grab bars to the shower, remove deep tubs in favor of walk in showers and raise vanity heights.
  • Kitchen help – fewer upper cabinets reduce reaching, lifting and the potential for a fall.

Preparing your home now for the future could save you a lot of bumps and bruises in the future. Considering the cost of care associated with assisted living and nursing homes, retrofitting or remodeling your home is a cost effective way to plan for your future.

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