Health Canada has put together some thoughts on the matter and you can find them here at Thinking About Aging In Place.
I have to agree with their list of questions we, as individuals, need to consider as we age. I would also like to share many of my customers ask:
- If I want to live in my current home as I age, what modifications could help me remain safe? (e.g., installing hand rails, a ramp, emergency response systems, etc.)
- How will I maintain my home if I need help? Are there services available in my community? Do I have the money to pay for the services if I need them?
- Do I need to move to a more manageable home or consider a home without stairs?
- What are my housing options if my current home no longer suits my needs? What will be the costs?
Seniors Real Estate News says "the number of seniors requiring assistance is expected to double in the next 30 years, and some 10 million existing homes will need accessibility updating if those Canadians are to age in place." You can read the full article here.
Right now you probably have a number of questions about where to start and what plans to make to convert your existing hostile home into a supportive environment you can enjoy as you age. You may also be wondering what your next steps are if you do decide to go ahead and have some work done. Questions like: how do you know if you're getting a fair price for the work?
Well, there are resources and experienced professionals out there who care, and I'm one of them.
To help you, I'm going to do what I can here to provide you with the information you need to get solid pricing and service from building professionals you hire to do the work for you.
You deserve no less.