Is your home a lifelong home?
As of 2015 the American Assocaition of Retired Persons (AARP) is publishing a guide ”to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household”. AARP’s HomeFit guide is a manual for persons who want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible, regardless of their age or physical abilities. The AARP HomeFit Guide was created by the Livable Communities team of AARP Education & Outreach, with the intent to offers tips and instructions for simple DIY projects or more advance home modifications that need specialized expertise.
According to research by AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82 percent) would prefer to stay in their homes.
AARP identified housing features that seniors find are especially important in the later years including, safety features such as non-slip floor surfaces (80 percent), bathroom aides such as grab bars (79 percent), and entrance without steps (77 percent). You can see more home features needed for retirees here.
The HomeFit guide is broken down into worksheets that can be downloaded for personal use to help people make a to-do list for their homes. The HomeFit guide from AARP goal is to “incorporate design principles and products that are adaptable, safe and easy to use”.
The worksheets available for download include: “Is my home “HomeFit”?, “My Contractor interview notes”, “My room-by-room Don’t do it yourself list,” and much more!
Take a video tour of a “HomeFit” home: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/housing/info-2015/video-aarp-home-fit-house-tour.html
By Julia Conlan