This blog post is a contribution from freelance writer Jess Walter. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.
Home Modifications are Key for Aging in Place
Chicago’s older population is growing at a steady pace and according to the U.S. Census, the number of people aged over 65 is expected to outnumber those aged under 18, by 2056. Most seniors are choosing to stay in their current homes and ‘age in place’, instead of moving in with relatives or into retirement communities. Almost 90% of seniors over 65 want to carry on living in their own homes for as long as they can.
Seniors prefer to stay at home
It’s not surprising that staying at home is the preferred option for older seniors. Staying in their neighborhoods means they can continue to live around their friends and enjoy their independence. But for family members, aging in place can be worrying if the current homes are not suitable for older people. In fact, across the U.S., in less than 20 years, a third of households will have a senior over 65, but over 95% of homes do not have any features to make them safe and accessible for the elderly.
But fortunately, an increasing number of designers, home builders and realtors have recognized the increased requirements of aging in place and are working together to create accessible homes that are suitable for seniors to enable boomers to stay at home for as long as possible.
Modifying an existing home
Making a home more accessible for a senior can be anything from installing grab bars in the bathroom and improving lighting around the property, to remodeling the entire house. The more complex structural changes can be ideal to enable improved wheelchair access, lower the countertops in the kitchen and create a fully accessible bathroom. For seniors and their families looking to make such changes, many use elder care specialists who have received the certification as an aging-in-place specialist. If fact, if you are in this profession, adding this certification to your resume can help you when marketing to seniors and elder care marketing.
For information on how to market your home modification for seniors or move management business, contact us.