A lot of our friends have started to think about their next move. Our kids, for the most part, have grown up and moved out of our homes. Many of us are left in houses that feel empty….
with yards that feel way too big.
So with that in mind my husband and I have started a preliminary search to see what is out there, how much it costs and what do you get for the money. On a whim we went into a new senior neighborhood to check out the maintenance free patio homes. As a physical therapist I was curious about the trends in these types of communities.
My daughter was with us and after we viewed this beautiful home with many wonderful safety features, she said, “Why don’t they incorporate some of these same features into regular new construction houses?”
- Floor lighting that stays on all night
- Double railings on all stairs
- Walk-in showers with no threshold lip to step over
- Wider doorways and doors (about $8.00 extra per door vs about $1,000 to retro-fit)
The truth is that they already do. It is called Universal Design.
Overwhelmingly, Baby Boomers say that they want to remain in their homes as long as possible. They are engaged with families, friends and their communities where they may have lived for decades. Whether you are looking to downsize or stay in your current home and adapt as you get older, keep in mind the idea of universal design. Adapting your home doesn’t have to look institutional or medical. It can be useful and beautiful for all ages.