When home-shopping...no matter what your age….it is helpful to consider your family’s future needs along with the features you love for your current lifestyle.
With the population of seniors in the U.S. growing rapidly, the trend continues for many to eventually down-size from a larger home as they age...or to enter a multi-generational or “in-law” living arrangement where safety and accessibility become two of the highest priorities when choosing a new home.
Look for these most-requested features, or the possibility to create them with updates later, to simplify your lifestyle as you or a family member ages.
Layout is the most important consideration when shopping for a home to age in place.
Ensure the Kitchen, a full Bathroom, and at least one Bedroom are on a single level for accessibility reasons. For a home with two or more levels, an elevator or stairlift may be a solution in coming years.
Open floorplans and expanded doorways allow easy mobility. If the home you are considering does not currently include this layout...removing a wall is sometimes an option.
Look for at least one step-free entrance, or the space to add a ramp if needed.
Choose or create a Kitchen that will allow for ease and convenience.
Abundant natural lighting is important throughout the home, but especially in the Kitchen.
Consider induction cooktops which may be safer than standard gas or electric ranges.
Pull-out cabinetry provides easier access for all ages.
A counter or Kitchen surface which would allow for working while seating is always a handy feature.
Make sure the Bathrooms have — or will accommodate – accessibility options.
A walk-in shower is essential for children as well as older adults.
Pocket or barn-style doors allow for easier accessibility and mobility within a Bathroom.
Considering popular accessibility features now will add potential value to your purchase or renovation.
For more information on down-sizing or multi-generational living options that are best for your lifestyle, contact me...I am happy to help!