Aging In Place Inspections
"Aging in place" refers to senior citizens' ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will typically not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs.
A Aging In Place inspection can give you a clear plan to follow to keep the home functioning and healthy. The inspector may recommend corrections and adaptions to the home to improve maneuverability, accessibility, and safety for elderly occupants.
Advice for those who wish to age in place:
Talk with family members about your long-term living preferences. Do you want to downsize to a smaller single-family home, or do you plan to stay put in your traditional family home?
Take a look at your finances and retirement funds. With your current savings and assets, will you be able to pay for home maintenance? Consider starting a separate retirement savings account strictly for home maintenance.
Remodel your home before your mobility becomes limited. As you age, changes in mobility, hearing, vision and overall health and flexibility will affect how easily you function in your home. Consider making your home “age-friendly” as a phased-in and budgeted home improvement, rather than waiting until you need many modifications at a time due to a health crisis.
If you decide before you retire that you want to live in your current home through the remainder of life, consider paying for “big ticket – long life” home projects while you still have a healthy income. Such items may include having the roof assessed or replaced, replacing and upgrading the water heater or cooling unit, completing termite inspections and treatment, having a septic tank inspection and replacement, as needed, and purchasing a riding lawn mower.
Aging in place is a way by which senior citizens can avoid being dependent on others due to declining health and mobility