What Is “Aging in Place?”
Age with grace in the comfort of your own home
As we age, one of the biggest concerns is losing the ability to take care of ourselves or to live in the comfort of our own homes. It can be a humbling experience, realizing that you’re no longer able to live as independently as you once were. However, aging doesn’t necessarily have to mean giving up your home. In fact, with accessibility becoming more and more commonplace, the idea of aging in place is increasingly attainable.
What Is “Aging in Place.”
Aging in place is the ability to live in the comfort of your own home as you age for as long as you’re able to do so, as comfortably as you’re able to. This may mean making changes to make your home more accessible, or having the support of a loving relative or a caretaker who can help you with anything you’re unable to do on your own. For many homeowners, the idea of being relocated to a retirement home or nursing home is unthinkable. In these cases, they’re willing to make changes to stay in their home for as long as they can. The changes you need vary depending on the homeowner and their age.
Potential Aging in Place Remodels
That’s where MBC Remodeling can help. We can make changes to your home, based on your specifications, to add accessibility and comfort. Some of these changes include:
- Low maintenance materials so that you don’t have to do as much regular upkeep on your home.
- Transitioning your living space to be fully on the ground floor, including full bed and bath amenities.
- Added lighting for better visibility.
- Clear walking paths throughout the home and wide hallways, sometimes including handrails.
- The installation of ramps instead of stairs.
- Ensuring that your deck and patio are no more than half an inch below the interior floor level is also important, so you can enjoy your outdoor living spaces as well as indoor.
Important Things to Keep In Mind
Safety is key when it comes to aging in place. As we age, slipping and falling can cause much more damage than it once did. It’s important to have easily accessible light fixtures, visible stairs, and again, you may need handrails in places like the bathroom or areas like hallways that require substantial walking. Aging in place also depends largely on the individual. You’re likely to have a different set of concerns than the next person remodeling their home for aging in place. Your needs may even change over time. Consider what your biggest problem areas are and do your homework on what can be done to make your home more accommodating to that.Have any more questions about aging in place, or the home improvements necessary to make that a possibility? Contact us today for more information or a free consultation.