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Aging in Place Home remodels are Worth It
Whether it’s for ourselves, or for a family member with a disability joining our household, there comes a time for analyzing your home with accessibility in mind. You can try searching for a new or existing home that is wheelchair accessible, but if none are available you need to go to Plan B. With the help of a realtor who understands accessibility, you can use your current home or look for a home that might work — with a remodel.
An aging in place evaluation can locate a good candidate. A family’s needs can be specific, so they need to be identified in detail. Remodeling plans can be developed for permitting and construction as these accommodations need to be code-compliant. They could cover just a “suite” in the home, or the whole home. It’s good to look for senior-friendly and dementia supportive materials, finishes, lighting, and colors. The decor can include these evidence-based design elements such as uplifting artwork, colors and a memory wall of photos to trigger positive memories.
The result can be defined to the whole home or just an in-law suite that includes wheelchair access for living room, bed room and bathroom with ADA compliant fixtures.
You can create an inviting, open space, with custom design closets, vanities, curb-less showers with fold down benches and support bars that allow for easy access and maneuverability.
These remodels make life easier for the care-giver too, whether it’s live in or from a home-care service provider. Doorways are wider and access to the bathroom can be greatly improved.
The return on investment (ROI) takes less than 1 year compared to housing costs in a facility. And should the home be resold, it is poised to sell fast since there is an ever-growing demand for accessible, age in place ready homes. Keep the design beautiful and they sell for top dollar too!
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