Growing into your Forever Home

Finding your forever home can bring about topics that can be hard to think about at a certain ages and an important aspect when moving into a home or starting a remodeling project is to think about how long you want to stay there? For most people, finding a home that they love should also mean creating a space that is safe for them and their family to grow into.

The Living in Place Institute philosophy blends the best principles of aging in place, accessibility and universal design to make all homes accessible, comfortable and safer for everyone.

  • Every day, there are over 12,500 people who turn 50. By 2030 one in four Americans will be over 65. From 2010 to 2050 the number of people over 80 will double to almost 90 million.
  • Over 90 percent of Americans want to stay in their home for the rest of their life. They want and deserve an accessible, comfortable and safe home environment.
  • Building codes have allowed homes with entry steps, only one handrail on stairs, bathroom doors that swing and doorways that are too narrow for safe and easy movement in a wheelchair or walker.
  • Falls occurring at home are the leading cause of hospitalization among older adults!

Taking steps to allow for growing into your home at an early age will pay off in the long run and some of the most common projects include:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sized toilet
  • Shower grab bars
  • No threshold shower
  • Linear drain
  • 23 inch high shower bench
  • Towel bars are also grab bars
  • Hand held shower head
  • Wheelchair accessible ramps
  • Wheelchair and walker accessible doorways and hallways
  • Handrails

There are many other aspects that can go into aging in place projects and working with a designer who is aware of these standards can help immensely. For example, in the blog post Now & Then: Lucky Number Three, the designer incorporated a tile decor not only for aesthetics by for safety. “The contrast of the tile and the addition of listello can actually help to stabilize while in the shower and allow for a focal point.”

Bathroom built with tile decor to allow for stability, bench to allow for seating and a hand held shower head.

Shower built with tile decor to allow for stability, a bench to allow for seating and a hand held shower head. 

Overall, planning for your future is important at all ages. Whether you are moving into a brand new home or are a do-it-yourselfer, make sure you educate yourself on Living-In-Place standards to make life easier in the long run.



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