Aging in place is the ability to live independently for as long as possible in one’s desired place of residence. While there are a number of ways to make this a reality, sometimes changes to the home are required in order to accommodate the process. For those living in a home with multiple stories, the decision becomes one of renovation versus relocation. Whether you are planning for your own future, or assisting a family member or friend, there are a few key things to consider.
While it is not practical in all situations, one option to allow for aging in place is to relocate. Starting from this point provides the benefit of allowing you to find a home that meets your specific needs. The most common challenge that needs to be overcome is the floorplan itself. Many homebuyers are looking for a one story home to allow for ease of travel through the entire residence for many years to come.
When building a home, the application of universal design principles creates an environment where little to no adaptation is necessary to allow for a wide audience of potential homeowners. These principles provide a functional layout for families in varying stages of life. For instance, stairs can be avoided for families with small children, those with mobility impairment, and for the elderly.
When relocating to a single level floorplan for the purpose of maintaining independence, consider searching for a home with an accessible restroom, appropriate lighting and handrails. Read more about key considerations for aging in place here.
For some, staying in their current home is the most desirable option. In many cases, the home requires some amount of renovation in order to accommodate independent living. In cases of a multi-story home, the most common update is the addition of a residential elevator. An elevator allows for ease of movement between all floors of the home and is a favored renovation for aging in place.
Are you currently weighing your options? Contact a local home elevator company to determine if a home elevator may be right for you. These professionals will be able to walk you through your options and, as many elevator contractors are Certified Aging in Place Specialists, they can provide consultation on your specific situation.