The average baby boomer is now beyond the traditional age of retirement. As a result, many of them are thinking more and more about what their later years will look like.
If you’re approaching retirement, or you’ve already retired, you may want to stay in your home for as long as possible. But as your lifestyle needs change as you grow older, it may not be possible for you to do so as it currently stands.
If you or someone you love has become physically disabled, you might face similar concerns. How will your needs change with this new reality you face? And will your home be able to accommodate those changes?
At this point, you have two options.
You can prepare to sell your home and move into an assisted living facility.
Or you can renovate your home to keep up with your needs.
Keystone Ridge Developments can help.
What Is Aging In Place?
Aging in place renovation is a rapidly growing segment of the home renovations industry. The purpose is to accommodate people as they grow older. It means being able to stay in your home for longer, retaining your independence and comfort.
It means not having to leave the neighbourhood you love to accommodate your changing needs.
It means greater freedom in your life, for as long as possible.
How To Make Aging In Place & Physical Disability Accommodation Renovations Work
If you’re hoping to stay in your home as you grow older, you’ll need to account for yours and your spouse’s changing mobility needs. The same is true if you want to stay in your home after a new physical disability.
This may include widening doorways in your home to allow for wheelchair access, as well as adding ramps or elevators. If you opt to stick with just stairs, we’ll at least make sure they’re in good shape, reducing the odds of a slip and fall.
If you live in a multi-storey home, you may want to renovate the main floor of your house. Stairs can be difficult to use as you get older, so it’s a good idea to keep as many amenities as you can on the main floor. Depending on your home’s layout, this may mean building a home addition to accommodate your new bedroom, a laundry room, etc.
You may need grab bars as well in part of your house, including your bathroom or bedroom.
Other factors you may wish to consider include, but are not limited to:
Installing a curb-less shower for ease of entry
Lowering the height of your counters and light switches if you’re a wheelchair user
Adding high-contrast finishes to certain objects in the house if you have vision challenges
Is Aging In Place & Disability Accommodation Renovations Right For You?
Making the decision to stay in your home or move into an assisted living facility is a big one. You might want to stay in your home because you have emotional ties to it, and that’s understandable. But that’s not the only factor to consider.
For some, aging in place or renovating to accommodate a disability is better than moving into an assisted living facility. For others, the latter is the more realistic and comfortable option.
Below are just some of the common benefits.
Benefits Of Aging In Place & Disability Accommodation Renovations
The most obvious benefit of staying in your home is that you don’t need to worry about moving. That means no packing up your belongings, no deciding what to keep and what to throw away, no saying goodbye to all the memories you made within those walls.
You’re also still in your neighbourhood, which means you can still get to many of the activities you enjoy. Stores, social groups, places of worship, friends, family, neighbours, they’re all right nearby.
You also won’t need to worry about the costs of an assisted living facility, which can be expensive.
Aging In Place Checklist
Are you prepared to age in place? If you’re not sure, consider the following aging in place checklist put together by the federal government. It has a series of different questions that address the decision from multiple different angles, including:
Your Supports And Services
Your Partner And You
While this listed is specifically geared toward those who plan on aging in place, the questions are still relevant if you’re planning on renovating to accommodate a disability.
Contact Keystone Ridge
If you’ve made the decision to stay in your home, Keystone Ridge Developments can help.
We’ll take the time to work with you, addressing the potential issues you may face. From there, we’ll put together a Toronto aging in place renovation plan or disability accommodation renovation plan that meets your needs and still looks great.
You no longer have to leave your home as you grow old or face a disability. If it’s right for you, Keystone Ridge Developments can help make your years comfortable and relaxing.
Contact Keystone Ridge Developments about your aging in place & disability accommodation home renovation today.
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