Age-in-place housing provides homes for life

FLorida real estate agent and National Association of Realtors seniors real estate specialist John Cate bought a little 1970s ranch house in Sun City Center south of Tampa for about $70,000 in 2014. He invested another $50,000, retrofitting it to be senior-friendly. His occupational therapist wife Yolanda helped turn it into a place for people who prefers to remain in the home as many years as possible instead of going into a nursing home or long term care facility.

AARP HomeFit volunteer Carolyn Sithong also added her expertise to the planning as she is another physical therapist. The project is documented by her on a AARP Living Communities page. The HomeFit program goal is to make "homes livable, comfortable and safe throughout their [residents'] lives" according to Laura Cantwell, AARP Florida associate director of advocacy.

Cate is a National Association of Home Builders certified aging-in-place specialist. HomeFit offers guides, videos, workshops and expert assistance in living arrangement evaluations and possible potential changes in planning for future life Bethesda Md Homes for Sale stages. Download a copy of the HomeFit guide and worksheets. Search the Living Communities pages there as well.

The universal designs work for almost every type of resident including disabled, physically challenged, and the elderly. Floors are left uncarpeted for easier mobility and more safety from falling. Door handles throughout the house are the lever type which are easier to open. The wide, rocker-type, electrical Home for sale bethesda md wall switches take less effort than Homes for sale in bethesda maryland traditional switches. Pedestal sinks under which wheel chairs can roll become the norm.

Sliding shelves in the kitchen cabinets make all the contents more accessible for reaching hands. To soften the institutional look, aids like grab bars are built into toilet paper holders where they are not so obvious. Ramps are built to mimic welcome mats. Doors are widened to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers, and electrical outlets are put in easy to reach locations.

A MetLife report in 2010 showed that for the $10,000 spent on a home renovation, two years worth of an assisted living facility stay would be saved. One writer of the report, Louis Tenenbaum, said he would like to see retrofitting incentives similar to the current solar installation incentives. In the state of Florida, some help is available through the Department of Elder Affairs.

The $150,000 listing price for the Cate house would be more like $100,000 Homes for sale bethesda md to $130,000 for a comparable-sized home minus the upgrades. The undaunted Cates are building a larger "age-in-place" house on a vacant Sun City Center lot. With one in three Americans now 50 years old or older and one out of every five expected to be 65 by 2030, this rapidly growing aged population is in Bethesda Md Homes for Sale need of the space.

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