According to NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Aging in Place means living in one’s home independently regardless of age or ability.
How big is Aging in Place?
- 89% of people 50+ wish to remain in their own homes indefinitely (AARP).
- 75% of remodelers have seen an increase in requests for aging in place work (NAHB).
- 60% of remodelers already perform aging in place work (NAHB).
- Over half of all 55+ households rate their current home a 9 or 10 out of 10 (American Housing Survey).
- The aging population is the number two issue to affect the remodeling industry over the next five years, only behind the availability of skilled labor (NAHB).
What should my home contain if I want to age in place?
- A master bedroom and bath on the first floor.
- A low or no-threshold entrance to the home with an overhang.
- Lever-style door handles.
- No change in levels on the main floor.
- Bright lighting in all areas, especially places like stairways.
- A low-maintenance exterior.
- Non-slip flooring at the main entryway.
- An open floor plan, especially in the kitchen/dining area.
- Handrails at all steps.