A recent AARP survey showed that more than 90% of people 65 or over indicate that they would prefer to stay in their current residence as long as they live and 4 out of 5 persons in that age bracket believe that their current residence is where they will always live. If people intend to stay in their homes as long as possible, what are some things they should consider as plan for the future?
1. Grab bars-the dreaded word. No, adding grab bars to your shower doesn’t mean you are old. How many young people have had to have foot surgery and their balance is compromised? I believe every person would benefit from having grab bars in their shower. Manufacturers make very attractive grab bars that match your other faucets and add to the aesthetic of the shower rather than taking away from it. Many manufacturers also make combo grab bar/toilet paper holders or grab bar/towel bars. Two functions in one without compromising on the look of the space.
2. Better light-It’s no secret that we need more light as we age. Consider changing your light bulbs out with brighter LED bulbs, adding undercabinet lighting in your kitchen or even adding a motion sensor light to your toilet seat for those late night runs.
3. A bench in the shower-whether it’s a tiled bench you can add, a fold down teak bench mounted to the wall or an attractive stand alone teak bench that you can bring in and out of the shower as needed, this can be very helpful.
These are the most common items we see clients needing and adding to their homes to facilitate them living there as long as possible. Is there anything you think needs to be added to the list? Email me at Jessica@webbercoleman.com