Aging in place is almost universally accepted as a good idea because the benefits are so clear: the freedom and dignity that come from staying in your own home, the ability to make your own decisions, the maintenance of friendships and community ties.
According to new data coming out of USC, the desire to move after age 55 basically flat-lines, having peaked in the early 20s. The good news is, there’s a whole industry dedicated to helping people modify their homes. But doing so can be a stressful and expensive endeavor. That’s why you need to understand the details of home modifications — and the impact — before you get started.
There’s plenty of “conventional wisdom” that passes for good advice these days, but it can be hard to separate the helpful from the hype. Blindly following trends can be worse than a waste of money. Some things are simply not good investments, while others are actually dead wrong for you and your situation.
The first thing to understand is there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all design for aging in place. We’re all unique. Our houses are, too. You have a first-floor master, I have a second-floor suite. You climb steps at the front door, I enter through the garage. You have arthritis, I have trouble balancing. “Right” means right for you, your home and your wallet. To read the 8 things to consider click here!