Aging in Place

Hello all,
What I took away from this article is how inclusive it accounted for items needing consideration to age in place. Having completed eldercare for both parents by selling one house and converting ours to care for them I had a lot of reflection on this list. Yep, did this, and this too… The structure was the most important part, and costly, and worth it. Wide hall and doorways. Tile flooring. The turning space in a bathroom. Roll-in shower stall. Easy roll under and reaching sink controls. Being able to roll outside on the deck for sun and fresh air. Some of it was easy fix stuff too like changing the pull handles on drawers or choosing to replace an appliance with front control ones.

The basic dignity of being able to get around feed and bathe yourself goes a long way in keeping psychologically stable. if clients are asking for help in accommodating a loved one into their home we need to provide awareness.

One more piece of advice for those who wish to age in place… I suggest an added comment here if you really want to inspect or plan well, really well, then borrow a wheel chair for a day or two and use it exclusively to do your day routine rather than to just think this list through. Every house is different and although you may understand how to renovate the kitchen, bathroom, entrance way, etc. for aging in place you haven’t experienced the importance of those alterations help in continued quality of life. Most likely when you wait until you need it, you will not be the one making the decisions anymore.

Good advice or also do as I did and get the CAPS certification.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelors™ Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB Seniors Housing Council.