3 Solutions for Older Adults Who Want to Age in Place

Published August 19th, 2022 by Rose Building Contractors, Inc.

Several things happen as you age that might make it challenging to get through your daily routine. Experiencing decreased mobility or reduced vision is common, and understanding the available solutions could help you determine the best living situation for your needs. 

Whether you renovate your home, move into a more accessible one, or take advantage of a fully staffed living facility, consider your options carefully to find the best balance between support and independence. Here are some suggestions from Rose Building Contractors for older adults to consider about their arrangements as they age.

1. Invest in Accessibility Upgrades

Like most Americans, you might live in a home that is not conducive to aging in place. Multiple stories or traditional bathroom layouts can be problematic. If you have mobility issues, climbing stairs or getting in and out of the bathtub could be difficult or dangerous.

Fortunately, many features exist to increase accessibility and offer you the support you need within your home. While some modifications are costly and time-consuming, other upgrades are affordable and easy to install. According to experts, these modifications aim to facilitate mobility, offer support, and promote independence:

  • Handrails
  • Curbless showers
  • Stairlifts
  • Wide doorways
  • Smart technology
  • Task lighting
  • Accessible Fixtures
  • Ramps

These modifications allow you to overcome common barriers and make it easier for you to age in place. Consider your options based on your specific needs and available budget. Depending on the upgrades needed to make your home more accessible, purchasing a new home could be more cost-effective.

If you’re interested in having your home modified to improve its accessibility so that you can continue to live in it, contact Rose Building Contractors today to discuss your options.

2. Shop for an Accessible Home

If your home is not suitable for the modifications you need because of budgetary restrictions or design limitations, purchasing a more accessible house is often a good alternative. Buying a new home allows you to maximize your independence by searching for features based on your needs. 

It is not always apparent what to look for in a house, so it helps to consider your daily routine when viewing properties. For example, if you experience arthritis symptoms, lever-style door handles or other accessibility fixtures might be easier to use, while task lighting can help you overcome decreased vision. Likewise, if you have difficulty climbing steps, you might want to look for a home with curb-free or roll-in showers.

3. Consider an Assisted Living Facility

Depending on the level of support you might need, an assisted living facility is an option worth considering. In addition to accessibility features, these centers often provide meals, housekeeping and laundry services, and recreational activities. In addition, medical staff can provide additional assistance for a wide range of conditions. 

Whether you are purchasing a new home or moving into an assisted living facility, the cost is a significant factor. If you are selling your current home, a home evaluation gives you an idea of how much you might earn from the sale. Make sure to shop within your budget and factor in the added cost of relocating your belongings to your new home.

Moving is hard work, both emotionally and physically, but a moving company can help ease the stress of your relocation. With so many options, choosing a moving company can be overwhelming. Narrow down your choices by reading online reviews from former customers. You can also look for movers with available deals to help reduce the cost of your move. 

Whether you upgrade your home, invest in a new one, or relocate to an assisted living facility, you can get the support you need while maintaining your independence in your day-to-day life.

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