Aging in place is a great living arrangement because you can continue living in your home with or near your loved ones. To make sure you get the most out of your aging-in-place renovation, remember these do’s and don’ts.
- Consider the Initial Investment Cost
Growing old in your own home is beneficial in several ways, but always consider that remodeling has a high price tag. Furthermore, you must consider the maintenance, repairs, cleaning, and upgrades you’ll need to maintain your home’s functionality.
- Maintain Social Connections
Aging in place is helpful when you have meaningful social connections. Remaining in a facility isolated from people you love won’t give you the mental and emotional wellness that aging in place can offer.
- Prioritize Your Health
A home designed to make you independent can only help you with your physical needs. You’ll need to prioritize your health to prevent heart disease, arthritis, and dementia by eating a proper diet and regular exercise. That said, you can ask the remodeler to include a fitness area and kitchen where it’s easy to cook for you.
- Forego Research
Research and learn the care you’ll need as you age. If you have a pre-existing condition, learn its progression over the years. This will help you know if aging in place is the best investment for your overall health.
- Forget to Prepare for Surprise Scenarios
Talking about unforeseen scenarios and consequences can be challenging, but it needs to be out in the open. Talk to your loved ones and family members living with you about the situations that can happen to ensure everyone makes the right decisions if something happens.
- Hire Non-CAPS Renovators
CAPS or certified aging-in-place specialists are licensed and trained to build homes and ADUs for the elderly. If you hire a non-CAPS renovator, they usually lack the knowledge and expertise to build a home that meets your needs.
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling is a CAPS contractor specializing in building forever homes for older adults. We’ve done several successful projects in the area. To schedule a consultation, call (603) 880-3761 or fill out this contact form.