Homes being remodeled for elderly


July 29, 2010

When Karen Kassik’s mother moved in with her in 2002, Kassik was immediately struck by how many difficult obstacles her home presented for senior citizens, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

She immediately went to work, redesigning her home so that it was easier and more comfortable for the elderly. This experience prompted Kassik to launch Home Accessibilities, a residential design firm focused on building age-appropriate houses.

Another home designer, Jim Lucia of Lucia & Monday Architecture, has also noted a rise in fitting houses so that they can support multiple generations.

“People are living longer. Many of them don’t want to be alone, or maintain a home alone… I’m definitely doing more three-generation homes now than five years ago,” he told the news source.

This trend, called aging-in-place, often features homes with wider doors, same-level transitions or ramps, roll-in showers with grab bars, and waist-high kitchen appliances.

AARP has found that up to 89 percent of seniors want to live in their own home for as long as possible,comma and these kinds of renovations can make independence much more plausible.

When seniors are living independently, it is crucial for them to have a medical alert system at their disposable, in case something goes wrong. These devices can keep the elderly connected to family and caretakers, but also enable them to age in place in their own homes.