Most people would prefer to live in a familiar environment throughout their aging years. According to AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to age in place, which means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.
Aging impacts us all, regardless of diet, lifestyle, or habits. Even the most mindful and grateful among us will be changed by aging.
Practically speaking, physical, emotional, and mental changes are inevitable. But not all of them are inherently negative. With age, we have the opportunity to gain wisdom and patience, even in the midst of physical decline. Some subtle physical changes include poorer vision, reduced strength and endurance, decreased mobility, and a higher risk of accidents.
Home modifications made early can help you prepare for the challenges ahead.
“I feel better about being able to stay in the familiar surroundings of my own home now that it has been fixed up by my CAPS contractor. The changes I made to my house — like grab bars and better lighting, were cheaper than moving to an assisted living apartment!”
Home Modification Recommendations
To age-in-place successfully, certain home modifications may be necessary to increase access and maneuverability. Bath and shower grab bars and first floor master suites can provide you with the safety or convenience you might eventually need.
Additionally, low maintenance exteriors, preprogrammed thermostats, and slip resistant surfaces can increase the likelihood of successful aging in place.
Check out a list of home modifications to consider here.
Why Hire a Certified Aging in Place Professional
As a certified CAPS professional, we are uniquely equipped to answer your questions. We have the knowledge, strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. Additionally, we’ve taken a pledge to uphold a code of ethics. We are also required to maintain our designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service.
Questions to Consider
What is my budget?
What modifications would I like to make?
What are the current barriers that could become problematic with decreased mobility?
How can I make my kitchen more functional?
Will other family members benefit from these home modifications?
We Can Help
If you’re looking to make home modifications so that you can age in place give us a call at 863-899-8039. (Remember to hire an experienced professional remodeler – lowest price does not ensure a successful remodeling project.) We’ll answer your questions with patience and compassion and design a plan that works for you.