It is becoming more popular than ever before, for homeowners to build their dream home rather than to buy one already built. There are many reasons people choose to do this. If they have a unique sense of style and intricate construction choices, working with a home builder can be easier than finding a home on the market that checks off every box they are looking for. Homeowners also choose building a home for aging in place.  

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in place is the process of staying in your own home as you age instead of moving into a senior care facility or a family member’s home. At a certain age, most seniors make the difficult decision to move into a facility or someone else’s home to seek additional care. Elderly age and an onset of medical conditions can make living on their own exceedingly difficult. Some of these medical conditions could include balance issues, reduced vision, or hearing, decreased mobility, or loss of strength. 

Benefits of Building a Home for Aging in Place

While it is important that you do seek a facility or additional care if it is necessary, there may be options for seniors to build a home where they can age in place gracefully and safely. Many seniors wish to stay in their own home because it gives them a sense of independence and autonomy. By working with an experienced home builder, building a home for aging in place with modifications to suit your needs, is completely possible. Additionally, aging in place is often cheaper than senior facilities would be overall. 

Features to Consider When Building a Home for Aging in Place

The below features and constructional aspects of building a home can help make aging in place a much smoother process. When working with your home builder make sure you discuss some of the options below and see which ones work best for your needs. 

Smart Safety Features: 

  • Door Locks 
  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors 
  • Smart Appliances 
  • Virtual Assistants 
  • Home Security Systems 

Bathroom Features: 

  • Safety grab bars in the tub, shower, and side of toilet 
  • Adjustable showerhead 
  • Seats for shower or tub 

Bedroom Features: 

  • Beds that are low to the ground 
  • Bed rails to assist with getting in and out of the bed 

Other Features: 

  • Bigger hallways and door openings to accommodate wheelchairs 
  • Adding non-slip surfaces and rugs to make moving around with a wheelchair or walkers easier