Written byConnie Adairon Monday, 09 January 2017 3:13 pm
Downsizing to a condominium or apartment isn't in everyone's
Forty-seven per cent of pre-retired and 56 per cent of retired survey respondents said "staying in my home is critical for my quality of life," according to a 2015 HomEquity Bank/The Brondesbury Group's retirement study of Canadians aged 55 plus.
However, aging in place may require some work. A HomEquity Bank/Ispos Canada survey focusing on Canadian homeowners 55 years and older asked if renovations were needed so they could remain in their homes. Fifty-eight per cent said that improvements would be needed (46 per cent said minor renovations would be required while the others said the renovations would be major).
Forty-four per cent of the 300 Canadian homeowners surveyed in spring 2016 said their kitchens and/or bathrooms would require work to make them accessible.
Another 38 per cent of those surveyed for the HomEquity/Ispos survey said they would have to add grab bars and hand rails in their home. Twenty-one per cent said they would wantto installsecurity or medical aid systems.
It's never too early tostartplanning to age in place. "The earlier you start planning, the more prepared you will be to respond to changes that occur as you age, such as changes in your health, mobility or social connections," says theGovernment of Canada website page.
"To successfully plan ahead, you need to start thinking about how you want to live as you age and what steps you need to take to achieve that lifestyle...Making choices now will give you greater control over your independence, quality of life and dignity."
Go through your house to see what changes can be made to help you age in place, and as you renovate, include as many of those features as possible.
If you're doing major renovations, you may choose to add an elevator, widen doorways and hallways or add large walk-in showers instead of a hard-to-climb-intofreestanding tub. If major renovations aren't feasible, you may want to add astair liftto help you get up and down stairs, or add a full main-floor bathroom and convert a main-floor room into a bedroom so you don't have to navigate stairs.
Door levers are easier to use than knobs. Consider installing electric outlets higher from the floor so users don't have to bend as low, and place switches closer to the floor to make them accessible for people in wheelchairs.
Even if people don't have mobility issues now, they may want to think about future accessibility designs. Adjust the height of counters and have a removable portion under the sink to accommodate a wheelchair.
TheRona Home and Garden websitesays a good bathroom layout should include a toilet area in the least visible part of the room, separate from the rest of the room if space allows. "For maximum comfort, allow 30 inches of space on each side of the toilet and 30 to 40 inches in front."
In the shower and bathtub area, leave at least 60 inches along the side for easy access and another 30 inches in front of the tub. Include a cabinet or shelves to store towels and other necessities.
Leave eight inches free on either side of the washbasin. Vanity heights of 32 or 34 inches are more ergonomic for wheelchair users or smaller people, says Rona.
"Try to make sure cabinets areinstalledmore than 36 inches from the edge of the bathtub or deck (for a drop in tub). If there is a wheelchair user in the family, allow at least 60 inches for easy manoeuvrability between fixtures and furniture." A minimum of 60 inches between the different elements of the bathroom, such as countertops and fixtures, is required to manoeuvre with a wheelchair or a walking aid.
Other ideas include installing a taller toilet and adjustable-height shower heads. Cork floors are a warmer, softer and less slippery option than ceramic tiles for kitchens and bathrooms.
Author:Ginger Eisenrod Phone: 561-706-2586 Dated: January 12th 2017 Views: 416 About Ginger: ...
View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access.
Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime, and the Ty Fraley Home Team is the best choice of professionals to help you with your needs. We have been involved in hundreds of real estate transactions helping buyers and sellers realize their goals. Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned veteran, we’re here to help make this easy for you. We pride ourselves in listening to your needs and working together to get you exactly the results you want. We work with professionalism and integrity. In fact Ty Fraley is a chairman of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee in the Palm Beach County Board of Realtors. If you want to be treated honestly and respectfully, you’ve come to the right team. We have many years of experience with waterfront property, country club golf communities, luxury condominiums, and family oriented neighborhoods. These times can be a very stressful, and we pride ourselves in removing you from the chaos. Whether you are moving from around the world or around the corner, we help guide you through the entire process. We also have a tried and true network of help, from financial planners to trustworthy contractors. Because we understand and care about you, you will never be a number with us. You are dealing directly with the owner and broker of Southeast Realty. The thing we find amazing ourselves is that over 80% of our business comes from referrals of past clients and repeat business. Our clients are welcomed into our family where we frequently keep in touch and are always available to you for any future questions you may have. It would be our honor to work with you, and we look forward to a long lasting relationship.