You love your home and want to live there as long as you can. But as you age, your home may not provide what you need to live a comfortable, safe, and independent life. Thanks to a trend called “aging in place,” many older adults are able to live in their own homes through retirement and beyond. In this month’s blog, we discuss how the Cormack team is helping older adults maintain their independence with aging in place remodeling and construction.
What is Aging in Place?
Simply put, aging in place is continuing to safely, comfortably, and independently live in your home, regardless of your age or level of ability. This is achieved through carefully planned home remodeling and construction.
“Aging in place allows older adults to remain in a comfortable and familiar environment throughout their maturing years, enjoying the everyday experiences of life,” says Cormack Construction President Gordon Cormack, a certified aging in place specialist.
Planning to Age in Place
According to a recent AARP study, nearly 90 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their own home as they age and avoid moving to an assisted living facility.
To help older adults safely age in place, Cormack remodels and builds homes that foster an independent lifestyle. Oftentimes, just a few essential changes can make a home easier and safer to live in, including:
- First floor master bathroom, full bath, and laundry
- Wider doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers
- Entryway ramps
- Lower kitchen cabinetry
- HIgher toilets
- Tub and shower grab bars
- Zero-step shower entry
- Easier-to-use door and faucet handles
- Added lighting
- Lower placement of light switches
- Higher placement of electrical outlets
- Non-skid flooring
“At Cormack, we’re finding that more and more people are remodeling and building with an eye toward the future,”Cormack says, pointing out that many second home buyers in their forties and fifties are choosing plans that will fit their future needs. “Even families with young children are opting for first floor bedrooms, zero-entry showers, and other aging in place features for their homes,” he adds.
Benefits of Aging in Place
The obvious benefit of aging in place is that it allows older adults to maintain their independence. A recent AARP survey found that forty-two percent of seniors who want to stay at home cited “living by their own rules” as their number one reason for aging in place. But aging in place can also have significant financial benefits. Staying at home—especially in a house with little or no mortgage payments—can be substantially less expensive than living in a facility.
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) in NH’s Lake Region, White Mountains, and Western Maine
As a certified aging in place specialist, Gordon Cormack has the experience and training to design and build barrier-free, yet aesthetically pleasing living environments. Whether you’re planning to build a new home or remodel an existing one, the Cormack Construction team can help you design a space that will comfortably accommodate your needs through your retirement years and beyond. Contact ustoday to learn more about the many benefits of aging in place.