Aging in place has become a popular alternative to senior living communities. Within the last decade, many retirees have opted to update or move to a home that they can continue living in safely and independently as their needs change. This week, we’ve identified a few must-have home features for retirees looking to age in place.
Open Floor Plans
While open floor plans are a tasteful aesthetic feature in a home, they also allow free movement and comfort for older people. Open floor plans also increase natural light in a home and offer good visibility. In general, it’s best to opt for 5×5 ft open spaces in most house rooms.
Single Story Living
Constantly climbing up and down stairs can become challenging as people get older, so single-story homes are ideal for those looking to age in place. Multi-story homes are another option but should ideally have everyday essentials, such as a kitchen, bedroom, and full bathroom, on the first story. Cape, ranch and bungalow-style homes are all great options for those considering a retirement property.
A home should have accessible entrances for wheelchairs, canes, or walkers for those who plan on staying in their homes for the long haul.
The design of the shower/bathtub is another aspect of home design for retirees that is important. Anyone suffering from joint problems will be able to bathe with ease using a walk-in shower. Installing a bench in a walk-in shower is a hugely popular addition among older people. Slip-resistant bathroom floors are also a worthwhile investment.
Spacious Doors & Hallways
While spacious doors and hallways are an attractive home feature, they also allow ample space for those using wheelchairs, canes, or walkers. This subtle feature will allow for easy mobility for years to come and increases the accessibility of a home dramatically.
Do you or someone you love need to start making plans for a home to age in place? Contact us today!