Growing older comes with a lot of physical and mental changes that can be challenging.
While those changes may be inevitable, you can at least chose to deal with them in the comfort of your own home. 90 percent of adults over 65 plan to live in their home for as long as possible. A widely growing trend called aging in place is a lifestyle choice that means you will be remaining in your own home for the later years of life as opposed to downsizing or moving into an assisted living facility. Here’s a look at why you should consider aging in place.
There’s no place like home
The number one reason older adults chose to age in place is because no one really wants to give up the comfort of their own home! Chances are you’ve spent the majority of your life in that home and leaving it would be met with lots of stress and anxiety. Suddenly uprooting your life and moving into an assisted living facility can have a negative impact on your mental health because you are not accustomed to running on their schedule. Limited independence and lack of familiarity are two of the main contributors of depression and isolation seen in many older adults. Living at home will allow you to continue to nurture relationships with those close to you and you will still have the freedom and time to participate in the hobbies and pastimes that you enjoy.
Making accessibility modifications are inexpensive
If you chose to age in place, you will have to make some accessibility modifications so your home will continue to grow with you. Home modifications are typically uncomplicated and inexpensive, especially in comparison to the cost of an assisted living facility. Home modifications are necessary to ensure that you are able to carry out your daily tasks safely. Before you begin, take a room-by-room assessment to see what changes need to be made. Notice any safety hazards that need to be removed and make a note of what needs to be added to your home to make mobility and functionality easier for you. You may notice that your doorways and entrances need to be widened and you will also need to install non-slip flooring throughout your home, as well as installing grab bars in the bathroom. Your kitchen countertops may need to be lowered and pull down shelves will need to be put into place. Be sure to look for any modifications that will need to be made outdoors as well, such as eliminating stairs and adding a ramp at the entrance of your home.
A few of the minor modifications can be done as a do-it-yourself project, however any major jobs that involve structural changes will need to be done by a skilled contractor. A rule of thumb is to leave any electrical and plumbing work to the professionals.
Home modifications can increase the value of your home
Aging in place is becoming very popular, however many homes are designed with younger families in mind. Fortunately, making modifications to your home causes the value to go up because people are beginning to look for homes that are readily accessible. These home improvements will also build equity toward your estate, which will help guarantee that you will profit from selling your home. If you prefer not to sell your home and keep it in the family, you can transfer the ownership of your home to a family member through a quitclaim deed. As the grantor, you will be transferring any interest in the property to a the recipient, who is also known as the grantee. There are no money transactions in the quitclaim process.
Making the decision to age in place is the most healthy choice you can make for yourself at this time. With a few modifications, you will be able to enjoy your golden years in complete comfort!
Guest post courtesy of elderaction.org, photo By Matthias Zomer (Stock Snap).