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Today we have a huge array of housing that is not well designed for large segments of the population. Seniors and children are the least well served by current housing. Today’s homes simply do not have the features and conveniences appropriate for safe enjoyment by a diverse population.
Your ability to function well in your home is one of the most important factors in determining how long you can maintain comfortable independence. Adapting your home to meet the needs of an aging population makes sense. Not only will it enhance market value, but a well-adapted home will make many day-to-day living tasks both easier and safer. Additionally, appropriate adaptations will often prevent the most common accidents that may ultimately rob you of your independence. If you don’t take responsibility for adapting your home, who will?
1. Start Early
Preparing your home for your senior years is a long-term project that should be started as early as possible — preferably well before middle age. Why so early? Over the years, you are constantly making repairs, renovations and improvements to your home. If each time you make a change you look at it as an opportunity to help ensure your independence later in life, you can make appropriate adaptations intelligently. Even if there’s a chance you’ll move, it makes sense to adapt the home as you go along. Seniors are a large and rapidly growing part of the population, and meeting their needs is an increasingly important factor in home sales...
2. Take Responsibility/Gain Control
By taking responsibility for making home adaptations over time, you keep control over the process. You make the decisions. All too often, when you procrastinate, nothing gets done until there is a crisis or immediate need. Then another family member, a discharge planner or a social worker is probably going to be making the decisions for you...
3. What If You’re the Caregiver?
Independence. For seniors and just about everyone else, it is a central element of a fulfilling lifestyle. There is no greater symbol of independence than owning and living in one’s own home. More and more experts are discovering that extending the time that seniors can manage in their own homes is important in terms of both mental and physical health. From a societal stand point, institutions are a cumbersome and extremely expensive option. Helping people manage independently at home makes sense for everyone...
4. Who’s In the Driver’s Seat?
Understanding the need for independence brings us to the most important element of adapting a home to better suit the needs and desires of seniors: the seniors whose “needs” are to be met must be in the driver’s seat. It is their home; it is their turf. Once this issue of whose home it is has been resolved, most people become pretty open to making changes. If the adaptations are being forced from the outside, most folks will resist heartily...
5. Paying for Adaptations
Many folks argue that adaptations, while a good idea, aren’t affordable. The problem with this logic is that it ignores what it costs to live in a nice nursing or retirement facility. The amount you think you saved by avoiding needed improvements are likely to be dwarfed by the costs of moving into an institution. Making changes to your home can extend your independence by years. That’s years of independence and years of avoiding the costs of retirement housing. The numbers aren’t even close. Making the adaptations makes good financial sense...
Paramount: Home Adaptations to Focus on
There are four types of adaptations that you should focus on:
- Mobility into and through your home
- Hand-friendly handles and control knobs
- Other safety features
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