Zero step entry! I love the concept, but it can be tough to find, can't it? I did pretty good with our current single story home, but it does have two good sized steps that can definitely be a challenge for my senior mom – especially in the winter when the steps are slick. Parking in the garage is a bit better. It's dryer and warmer, and there is only one step there as you can see in the photo below. Unfortunately, the garage door opener didn't work well during the winter season, so there was a lot of outside parking this year. Which meant using the outside bigger steps. But she's been a trouper and her cane is a big help. 🙂
Next time I go house hunting, I will definitely be looking for an easier, more accessible entrance to the home! Like this one I spotted in a sweet single story house (another great option for aging in place). Only one step, and it's not as deep as our steps.
Plus I noticed that the driveway has been extended on the passenger side with bricks, making an easier exit from the car there as well.
It's amazing how many things we don't KNOW to look for when we first start caring for our elderly parents. I've been doing this for quite a while, and during that period, my sweet senior mom's health has declined a bit here and there, leading to me looking at our home with fresh new eyes. The good thing is, each time we move, I can help make things a bit easier for her. AND I can share what we learn with you to help you with your aging in place "shopping lists." 🙂
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