AGING IN PLACE
What does Aging in Place Mean?
More of today’s “Empty Nesters” are building homes that they may never intend to leave. Given the choice of their residence, many prefer the idea of staying in their own homes, rather than moving into senior housing. Such long-term home occupancy is known as “aging in place” and it’s becoming more popular as we live longer, healthier lives. While continuing to live in your own home, safely and independently, and as you grow older your needs will change. The Aging in place plan is not for “Old” people, but for proactive people.
A home built with universal design features for aging in place will not require those modifications at a later time.
Incorporating “ageing in place” features does not stop you from building a modern, luxurious, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable home while accommodating for your needs today as well as for years to come. If you want a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, a home designed for aging in place can include the finest gourmet kitchen you can imagine. Dreaming of a lavish outdoor living area with a kitchen and custom pool or an in-home theatre? With the right design, you won’t even notice them while including important design features that make it possible for you to live in the home throughout your golden years.
Throughout the building process, North Homes can help make interior and exterior building areas more accommodating for aging in place.
A few common new home features to accommodate aging in place include:
Single story living
A home with one level is ideal to progress from middle age to elderly. If you are wanting multiple levels then putting in an elevator might be a good choice. You can add the shaft at first and use it for extra storage, then when time warrants it add the elevator itself.
Wide hallways and doorways
Reinforced bathroom walls for grab bars, or built-in grab bars.
Zero-threshold shower with seating
Raised electrical outlets
Lowered electrical switches
Easily accessible storage spaces
Rocker-style electrical switches
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