Tips for Seniors Who want to "Age in Place" Rather than Downsize

Dated: July 14 2023

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Many times our sales agents at RAMUS Realty Group get phone calls from curious homeowners who are considering either selling and downsizing. Sometimes they are not sure if they should stay in their home or choose to move.

As people grow older, many prefer to age in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Known as "aging in place," this approach allows seniors to maintain their independence and cherished memories while adapting their living spaces to cater to their changing needs. With a focus on remodeling, safety, and personalization, we explore how to age gracefully in your current home.

Remodeling for Accessibility and Convenience:

Removing Barriers: Consider removing any physical barriers that hinder mobility. Install ramps or handrails at entryways, widen doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, and eliminate steps wherever possible.

Bathroom Modifications: Bathrooms pose specific challenges for seniors. Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower or bath area. Consider replacing the tub with a walk-in shower to enhance safety and accessibility. Non-slip mats and handheld showerheads are also great additions.

Kitchen Adaptations: Optimize your kitchen for convenience by installing adjustable-height countertops and pull-out shelves. Replace traditional knobs with lever handles, which are easier to grip. Consider touch-activated faucets and appliances with user-friendly interfaces.

Safety Tips for Aging in Place:

Lighting: Well-lit spaces reduce the risk of accidents. Add additional lighting in hallways, staircases, and entryways. Install motion-sensor lights for added convenience.

Secure Flooring: Replace slippery or uneven flooring with slip-resistant options. Consider materials like non-slip tiles, low-pile carpeting, or hardwood with a non-skid finish. Remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs or cords.

Home Security: Ensure your home is secure by installing a security system with features like video doorbells and emergency response capabilities. Consider wearable devices or personal alert systems to summon help in case of an emergency.

Personalizing Your Space:

Comfortable Furniture: Invest in ergonomic furniture that provides proper support and ease of movement. Choose chairs with sturdy armrests and firm cushions. Consider adjustable beds to cater to varying comfort needs.

Declutter and Organize: Create a clutter-free environment by decluttering and organizing your living space. Remove unnecessary furniture, install adequate storage solutions, and ensure items are easily accessible.

Technology Assistance: Embrace technology that simplifies daily life. Smart home devices, voice-controlled assistants, and wearable technology can enhance convenience and safety.

Social Connections: Foster social connections within your home by creating inviting spaces for gatherings. Arrange comfortable seating areas, consider open floor plans, and incorporate well-lit outdoor spaces for socializing and relaxation.

Remember to consult with professionals, such as contractors, interior designers, and occupational therapists, who specialize in home modifications for aging in place. They can provide valuable guidance tailored to your specific needs.

By embracing remodeling, safety measures, and personalization, you can ensure your home remains a sanctuary where you can age gracefully. With careful planning and attention to detail, your current home can be transformed into a comfortable, safe, and personalized space that supports your evolving needs and desires.

If you do think that aging in place is the best option for you to enjoy your senior years, that is fantastic. If you choose to sell your home instead, let RAMUS Realty Group give you an accurate price for what your house should sell for in today's market. We are here to help, no matter which option you choose.

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Erica Ramus, MRE

Erica Ramus is a Schuylkill County native and a graduate of St. Clair Area High School. She earned degrees at Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (I.B.), University of Delaware Hon....

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