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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “Aging in Place” it’s only a matter of time. According to AARP, 10,000 Americans reach age 65 every day, and more than 80% of those 65 and older say they want to stay in their homes rather than be shuffled off to an “old folks” home. Unfortunately, an incredibly low percentage of existing homes are conducive to aging in place. As a result, affordable senior accessible housing is becoming a hot button topic in communities throughout the US.

Traditionally, residential developers and architects have not designed homes with aging in mind. Thanks to organizations like AARP and others, the concept of factoring the needs of various life stages into home design is growing, giving rise to the term “universal” or “ageless” design. The ultimate goal of universal design is to think outside the box to create an environment that responds to people’s needs over their lifespan, not just when older. Universal design doesn’t just address functionality, and it’s definitely not about simply adding grab bars to existing elements. It is about the whole design – encompassing aesthetics and functionality. It’s moving beyond solutions that appear obviously accessible, to a more standard merger of seamless design and functionality, because ultimately people still want “regular looking” and aesthetically pleasing homes.

Even if your home wasn’t designed with aging in mind, there are ways to update existing homes to meet those accessibility needs without sacrificing functionality or beauty. And it’s much more cost-effective and conducive to maintaining aesthetics to incorporate accessibility and ease of use as part of an already planned renovation project than it is to do a completely separate round of remodeling later on. In the long-term, incorporating ageless design now could not only be beneficial to you and your loved ones as you age, but also increase the potential buyer audience and resale value of your home.

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