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Aging in Place in Richmond, VA

So, what exactly is aging in place?

The term “Aging in Place” has been tossed around a lot recently.  And you may have heard it and not really understood what it meant.  The simplest definition of the term is allowing the aging to live out their years in their current home safely and conveniently.

Aging in Place is becoming increasingly common, mostly because America has an increasingly aging population. In 2009, 12.5% of Americans were over 65.  By 2030, over 19% of Americans will be over 65, according to the Administration on Aging.  Nearly 1 in every 5 American’s will be reaching their retirement years shortly.

The aging population is even greater in Richmond, VA where 1 in every 4 adults will be over 65 by 2030, according to N4A.

And more and more of these aging adults would prefer to live out their years in their own home.  According to the AARP, 82% of aging adults would prefer to stay in their own homes, even if they need frequent assistance or frequent health care.

In order to live at home, the aging may need to make various modifications to ensure their home is safe and comfortable.  And that is where the remodeling and construction industry comes into play.  In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders, Aging in Place renovations will make up 10% of the $214 billion home improvement industry.  That’s a lot!

So, what kind of renovations are necessary when aging in place?  The most important thing to remember is that there are no “right” or “wrong” renovations.  Those considering aging in place modifications to their home should think about their particular needs and the current layout of their particular home.

That said, some of the most common aging in place renovations include creating a one-level floor plan (the less stairs the better!), adding in accessibility ramps, renovating bathrooms to include easy access shower and grab bars, remodeling kitchens to lower countertops and ensure that appliances are easily accessible from lower levels (to help with wheelchair accessibility), widening doorways, and more.

If you are interested in learning more about specific aging in place renovations, AgeInPlace.com has a great list of all sorts of home modifications that are frequent with this type of remodeling work.

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