Home is where your heart is. That is why, for most people, when it comes time to consider options like nursing facilities or assisted living, almost no one wants to leave their home. Studies have been shown that people 65 and older, 87 percent wanted to “age in place.”
The problem with aging in place, however, is that our homes are not designed to accommodate the unique needs of the elderly.
The bathroom is a prime example of a space that isn’t designed for the elderly. It is too easy to slip and fall in the shower, and if you have a bathtub, you might find that it is difficult for an elderly person to climb inside. Sinks and other fixtures aren’t convenient for people in wheelchairs, and storage can become very inconvenient to people who can no longer bend and twist to look for the things that they need.
If you’d like to age in place, then it is never too early to start designing a home that accommodates people of all ages and abilities.