Room Additions: The Answer to Aging in Place

JDR_AginginPlaceIf you’re planning for the future for yourself or a relative, you’ve probably considered “aging in place.” If you haven’t yet started making plans, you’re not alone! Most Americans don’t. Keep in mind that the National Aging in Place Council suggests that people should start thinking about a plan to age in place before planning for retirement.

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. If you or a relative fit this profile, then a room addition might be the right answer.

How room additions can help.
Sometimes a home layout just isn’t suitable for aging in place and room additions make the most sense. For instance, if all the bedrooms are upstairs, that can present a challenge to safe mobility. One floor living is generally considered the ideal option for aging seniors. A room addition could be as simple as a bedroom, or it could include an entire suite with a more expansive living area, a bathroom, even a small kitchenette. Any plans should include universal design elements that provide ease of use and safety. Room additions with easy access to the outdoors, such as ramps, are another way to enhance ongoing independence.

Plan early.
Living independently is the ideal for the majority of seniors, and room additions can be a good solution. If we wait too long to consider our options, circumstances can interfere which make it difficult to retain our independence. Planning for the future now is the smartest way to go!

Learn more about aging in place at the National Aging in Place Council.
Learn more about senior living at AARP.
See examples of San Diego room additions.