A recent survey by the non-profit research firm The Demand Institute concluded that 63% of baby boomers plan to age in place rather than move again. See their report here.
If you are a member of that large population of folks born between 1946 and 1964, here are some things to consider as you seek to keep your home current and useful as you age:
1. Eliminate barriers to mobility
- Updating the look of your yard? Remove steps in favor of ramps where possible.
- Remodeling the interior? Consider widening hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. Don’t forget turning radius in bathrooms!
- Replacing floors? Go with low-nap carpet (like Berber) or hardwood for better mobility with wheels or shuffling feet.
Good contractors can do all of this in ways that look like anyone of any age or ability could live there happily (this is why it’s called universal design), and do NOT render the appearance institutional.
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