Aging in Place. It can definitely be a challenge to find a home with most of your priorities available for aging in place in generation. If you're house hunting house hunting in a hurry, due to relocation issues, it's even harder!
The latest bump in the road for one of my beloveds? All the houses she looked at were single story, many had one or zero step entry, and all the yards were easy care. But most of the available homes that would work best had bathtubs only – no separate shower stalls.
Tubs can often be more difficult for our aging seniors, particularly those with range of motion, knee, or hip issues!
After much thought and prayer, she did opt for a lovely home that had everything else on her Aging in Place wish list but did only have tubs. She knew from past experience she could use a grab bar and, if necessary, a bathtub transfer bench (like the photo above) to help her get in and out of the bathtub if the need arose. Amazon does have several great ones to choose from, though if you have a medical supply store locally, I would start there. That way, if it turns out to not fit in your tub, or not work well for your senior parent, you can easily return it.
Because her time was limited, her options were also limited. That's true for many of us boomers and seniors – for ourselves and for our beloved senior parents and relatives we are caring for. But making a priority list first and keeping it at the forefront of our minds can definitely help us when searching for homes for sale or rent that have good aging in place options we need and want.
One thing to remember to check for specifically is 55+ communities. They frequently offer most, if not all, of these items. Here in Roseville CA, we have The Club at Westpark by Del Webb and Sun City Roseville as well as Sun City Lincoln nearby along with a couple of other senior home communities. Do doublecheck, though, as even some of those homes may not be as user friendly as others. And make sure your REALTOR searches for these types of homes specifically AND by map, as not all agents remember to add the community name to the MLS search list. If it's not there, it will take a map search to find them. Of course, if you are starting your search in Roseville CA, I'd love to help you with it. 🙂
Also, I recently found a cool list from a home inspection company of aging in place options to look for. Very practical! I've pinned it to my Aging in Place Options pinterest board! Do check it out and let me know what you think of their ideas.
P.S. Happy Pink Saturday – full of cute home decor ideas with plenty of boomers seniors and multigenerational caregivers visiting.