Just as many of us had a plan for going off to college, we should have a plan to age. The National Aging in Place Council suggests that people should start thinking about a plan to age in place before planning for retirement. Decisions about your whole home remodel, room addition, or mother-in-law suite will be influenced by your plans for aging and by your parents’ plans. Here are some factors to keep in mind:
What is aging in place?
Aging in place is the ability to stay in your own home independently, safely and comfortably for as long as you can while you age. A recent AARP study established that 89 percent of 50-plus Americans intend to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
Making your whole home remodel or mother-in-law suite senior friendly.
When assessing your current living environment, you need to examine all the major areas of your home, including the entryway, bathrooms, bedrooms, the kitchen, and outdoor areas.
- Barrier-free, no-step entries and thresholds
- Roll-in showers with adjustable shower heads
- Lowered bathroom sink and elevated toilet
- Grab bars
- Closets with storage at accessible heights
- Ample room for maneuvering
- Varied countertop height
- Sink with knee clearance
- Raised dishwasher
- Storage space within reach
See more tips from the National Aging in Place Council here.