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Aging in Place

There are more than 40 million Americans over the age of 65. Over the next 35 years, those numbers will more than double and one in five Americans will be 65 or older. The United States has made phenomenal strides in health care, creating a paradigm shift in the aging process. We are aging differently than in the past and our expectations for our lifestyle experience has changed.

We are living longer. We desire to stay in our homes longer as we age. Our homes were originally built and designed to meet our needs and provided an environment that allowed us to function ergonomically as we performed tasks within the household. As people age our physical aptitude changes and the ability to perform tasks or daily household functions may become more challenging. The household environment needs to be modified to meet your needs as you change physically. Home modifications can change your household environment and meet your needs as you change.

The home is an emotional attachment and is a symbol of self reliance and independence. The freedom we have to be self reliant is important and it is a more than a growing trend; it is a lifestyle movement among the largest group of consumers; from baby boomers to the elderly. We are entering a new era of change within the home.

Home modifications can provide freedom, self reliance, independence, and self respect. If you break down home modifications it may come down to some basic common denominators.

Basic Home Modifications for Aging in Place

  1. Entrance and Exit to the Home: Entrance into the home is a key factor which includes a no step entry, low grade walkway, well lighted entry, widened door frame, and maybe an electronic key less lock;
  2. Stairs: If you cannot afford an in house elevator a stair lift may be a viable option. If stairs are a reality modifications to the stairs should consist of risers no more than 7-inch, sturdy handrails, and contrasting color strips on the risers and steps; and
  3. Bathroom Safety: The bathroom is a focal point for safety since falls are one of the most common forms of injury in this environment. Home modifications' include curb less showers, handrails in the shower and around the toilet, a fold down seat in the shower, and slip resistant flooring.

Whatever your choices are for living, for most people, there is no place like home. There are numerous articles on line about aging in place and we will provide links for educating you about aging in place and what options you may have available.

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