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Aging In Place

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:11

Aging In Place

As our population matures, a code word for getting older, aging in place becomes a more and more popular idea. Even though the aging population may be in good health, in general, there are still accommodations that are useful to make their existing homes suitable.

The 60+ population in the United States is expected to increase in roughly 45 million to more than 70 million by 2020. We are finding the baby boomers have different expectations for the retiring years and how and where they plan to live. More and more they want to, plan to, and expect to live in their own home rather than going into a care facility of one type or another.

The perception by most is that moving into a care facility will reduce their freedom of movement and choice and provide for a lesser quality of life than they are used to.  Added to this is the extremely high cost of satisfactory care facilities. Further many harbored doubts about the quality of the care facilities regardless of what they cost since there is been a tremendous amount of complaints about many facilities across the entire nation.

One of the major home inspection associations in the United States, InterNACHI, Is offering aging in place inspections. These are designed to analyze existing home for ease of use and suggest improvements that will allow an aging population to continue enjoying living in their own home a place where there are familiar and comfortable.

These inspections will cover every area of the existing home. They will check;

appliances,

bathrooms,

counters,

the exterior of the home,

the entry to the home,

electrical lighting safety and security of the house.

They will also be checking;

 faucets,

flooring,

halls,

heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,

the overall floor plan,

stairways lifts and elevators,

storage areas, and

Windows.

The inspection will generally take 2 to 3 hours to complete and a written report will be provided to the client with a checklist for the implementation of those changes they feel are necessary. Obviously, circumstances will vary between clients and so the suggestions may not apply to each and every client identically.

Those homeowners considering aging in place to plan on talking with family members about their desires as they mature.

You will have to take a close look at your finances and retirement funds. Even if you’re in the fortunate position of having the house paid for fully there will still be taxes insurance and just normal routine maintenance costs.

Using the results of your aging in place home inspection you may want to budget and for remodeling wherever you feel it warranted. The inspection will provide a number of suggestions but you may consider not all of them applicable to your particular case. Look at them carefully though because they are based on years of experience. You may want to plan any of the major items before you actually retire or have the need of those particular projects.

When seniors do leave their existing homes it’s almost always functionality, health or mobility limitations that dictate the move. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle including healthy diets and maintaining physical activity, in line with your abilities, can let you spend many happy and healthy years enjoying the home you love.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:11