Aging in Place for Homeowners

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If you’re lucky enough to be an able-bodied person, you’ve probably never walked around your home and considered what you would have to change if you or a loved one were not so fortunate. Unfortunately, both accidents and aging can render a person unable to get around without a wheelchair or cane, and things like stairs and narrow hallways suddenly become a huge problem. Adapting a home for the elderly or disabled can be a complicated and expensive process, and homeowners who find themselves needing to do it are often at a loss for where to start.

Why We’re Asking:

With the baby boomer generation starting to approach retirement, adapting homes for the elderly and disabled is becoming more and more common. But the task can be quite daunting. Our experts have a lot of experience with what challenges remodeling homeowners face, and they know what the most important changes are–and what things tend to get over-looked. Hopefully, their advice can help homeowners in this situation know where to focus their energies, and how to ensure that they get the most for their money.

So tell us, experts:

How do you prepare a home for the disabled or elderly?

What changes should be made first?
What problems might homeowners forget to consider?
How can people building homes from scratch plan for the possibility of adapting their home later?
Are there any changes that aren’t worth the cost?

Many homeowners don’t even consider the challenges faced by the elderly or disabled, but they should. Tell us your stories about adapting homes in the comments below!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!