Homeowner for Life: Aging In Place

 

Are you or someone you love saying things like this?

“My hips and knees will not get me up the stairs these days.”

“You are not putting me in a nursing home…I would rather die than leave my home.”

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 42 years and it’s just a part of me.”

Faced with leaving home the alternatives are usually extremely expensive and can be scary.

Most of us desire to stay in our homes where we feel a sense of dignity and familiarity. With some planning, personal steps and the right kinds of help, you may increase the odds of doing just that. Aging-in-place is the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably. The comfort of living in a familiar environment throughout the years, can provide the aging homeowner and their loved ones with a sense of relief from the unknown, It allows the aging homeowner to remain in a familiar neighborhood and continue daily rituals as they always have. Most aging homeowners have worked very hard to pay off the mortgage on a home and want to call that house their “home” for a lifetime.

Think about the kinds of help you or your loved one might want in the near future. Planning ahead is hard because you never know how needs might change. Is it getting harder to turn a door knob, get out of a chair, or turn on the kitchen faucet? There are solutions available to make these activities and many of the other things you do during the day easier.

Sometimes you or your loved ones can modify a home so that the homeowner can stay in the home that they have become comfortable in. This is where a Certified Aging in Place Specialist or (CAPS) can come in extremely helpful. This certification is awarded by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). The CAPS program teaches builders and remodelers how to provide clients with barrier-free and easily accessible living environments.

According to the AARP, 77 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age. The AARP landmark study Fixing to Stay (released in 2000) was a wake-up call to the residential remodeling industry. The results of the study sent two messages loud and clear:

•  Americans prefer to remain in their homes as they mature rather than seek assisted living and other arrangements.

•  Older consumers want a reliable means of identifying professionals they can trust to remodel their homes.

For more information how to locate a CAPS in your area please visit: http://www.nahb.org/directory.aspx?directoryID=1415

 

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