Today, the total percentage of people over age 60 represents 22% or nearly 70 million people and will increase nearly 50% over the next 30 years. Research shows that baby boomers’ expectations of how they will receive care differ from that of their parents’ generation. Overwhelmingly, they will seek care in their own homes and will be less likely to move into congregate living settings.
Aging in place describes a senior homeowner’s ability to remain in the home to the fullest extent possible by planning and implementing that promote safety, mobility, security and functional use. Too often, seniors and persons with disabilities or impairments are placed in group homes or assisted-living facilities without exploring this highly desirable option. By adapting and redesigning the senior’s current home and habits, including installing assistive technologies and arranging for regular help from outside resources, he or she can “age in place” while maintaining a safe and independent lifestyle for as long as possible in their most familiar and comfortable surroundings.
The first question to ask is how does your home function for you now? How do you think it will work in years or ten years?
Next, do you have physical impairments that prevent bathing or toileting without assistance? Could you manage your impairment with design changes to your home, such as a walk-in, curbless shower, grab bars, and a lower sink and vanity? Is your bathroom large enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair?
Are your hallways and doorways wide enough for a walker or motorized scooter? If you live in a two-story home, could you live one level only? Do you have enough room for an exterior ramp, if needed? If your kitchen countertops and cabinets were lower, could you manage food preparation and minor housekeeping on your own?
There are so many other considerations that go beyond just the actual home before any senior can consider aging in place. Support from family, friends and community also has a lot to do with making this desirable option work well enough to suit each person’s needs.
An Aging-in-Place Home Inspector is trained to evaluate your at-home lifestyle and your mobility issues within the home and assess your expected needs. A Certified AIP inspector can recommend corrections and adaptations to the home to improve your maneuverability, accessibility, safety, and ease of performing daily routines.
At Old Line Home Inspections, we have are Certified Age-In-Place Inspectors that can make sure renovations can accommodate senior living needs. If you have any questions please contact us at (410) 236-3027 or click here to schedule an appointment.