Redesign Allows Homeowners To Age In Place

As people age, they have a couple options for how to live out their later years. They can move to a smaller home, they can opt for a retired living type center, or they can remain where they are and update their existing home so that they can “age in place.” The first two options might be the only ones possible in some instances, but the third one is the option being used more and more frequently as homeowners find that the current economic climate makes maintaining a current home more financially practical than selling it and buying a new one.

It Doesn’t Have To Be All Or Nothing

If you decide to hang on to your current home, there are a few things Rachel Adelson, author of Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety, and Style, suggests you do. First, keep in mind that “an effective design requires a comprehensive and strategic approach rather than just sporadic updates.” For instance, if stairs start giving you trouble, you don’t automatically have to move to a one-level house or install a chair lift. Instead, move the things you use on a daily or weekly basis to the main floor. That way you still have extra space if people want to visit and you don’t have to go through the hassle of moving away from a place that may have been your home for years.

Predict To Save Money And Stress

The best way to prevent the need for a sudden change in your housing is to predict. Adleson said, “Planning earlier allows a person to implement modifications in a more thoughtful and strategic way, which leads to a better redesign with minimal stress and cost.” Home designers are great assets for affecting the desired change in an aesthetically pleasing way.


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