What is your priority when looking for a new home? Good schools? A modern kitchen? A backyard? How about abundant closet space? I want all those things too, but I need more. I want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable in my home. Though many share this sentiment, I rarely hear people list accessibility as a priority.
I don’t always pay attention to access issues when I’m tooling around town on my own. Curbs, steps and thresholds don’t pose much of an issue for most people, myself included. It isn’t until I’m out with with friends with little ones in strollers or my elderly parents that I realize how these seemingly innocent little steps up or down can pose tremendous problems.
Are you a consumer seeking to modify an existing home for aging in place or build a new home to meet your needs over the long term? If so, check out our Aging-In-Place Design Checklists. They contain features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project.
You raised kids and entertained grand kids in your home – it is easy to understand why you want to remain there as long as possible. Though we know nature can be cruel and physical disabilities are not uncommon in later life. Is your home well-suited for you to age in place?
A beautiful, efficient and accessible kitchen created for everyone that lives in a home whether or not they are disabled is an achievable reality. Not only is it a reality, it makes sense to do so to ensure all family members and guests are comfortable in your kitchen and to give yourself the option to age in place if desired.
More people live with disabilities today than ever before in the U.S. One reason for the changing demographic is the population is aging. Another reason is many more veterans survived recent wars than in previous conflicts, returning home with extreme injuries.
Many people treat their bathroom as a sanctuary. And why not? This room frequently serves as a spa-like retreat in which to enjoy time alone on a daily basis. Beautiful bathrooms are easily achieved with the wide range of products available these days, but can be costly. For that reason, design your new bathroom to use for the long-term no matter what your current age or physical ability.
Lots of people need or want accessibility in their homes these days. Many of these same people want their home to also be eco-friendly. And why not? The two are not mutually exclusive, though some advance thought is required to accomplish both goals at an affordable price.
Aging in place is a relatively new term to describe design components that allow you to grow older in your own home comfortably and safely. Your shower can be both accessible AND a work of art with a little forethought and attention during the design process.
I recently met Mike McGowan, CFP®, a Financial Advisor, at a Granbury Chamber of Commerce breakfast. I sat at his table and was immediately drawn to his easy smile and friendly demeanor. I asked about his private label practice, McGowan & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and it was clear he enjoys helping families identify and work toward achieving their long-term goals. I then told him about my latest venture, Accessible Granbury. When I explained my desire to create a world in which everyone can participate equally, one location at a time, we realized we had a common interest. Mike shared with me that his dad has muscular dystrophy and needs accommodations to perform basic activities he used to take for granted.