Living in your current home you are currently in is full of memories. But what about the possibility of creating a whole new beginning in a new home that takes care of your changing needs? 55 plus communities are an emerging trend idea that are being embraced by many active seniors because of the options they give. So, what should you look for when you want considering a move to such a home or community?
- HOUSE DESIGN
The house design is crucial when buying a house for the aging active adult. Choose a plan that reduces the possibility of accidents such as a single-story home because, with time, climbing the stairs becomes an uphill task. Single- story designs have an ageless appeal. They are convenient for everyone, regardless of age. For 55 plus age communities, the lack of stairs is crucial, and since these home designs have all living spaces at the ground level, all essential rooms are accessible and comfy.
- FLOORING OPTIONS
As one progresses in years, shuffling becomes almost inevitable. For ease in movement, you need to have the right type of flooring. Ask the following crucial questions to help you;
- Which kind of flooring provides the most cushion in case one trips?
- Which type of flooring is easy to clean and maintain?
- Which kind of flooring is most comfortable?
These factors may conflict with each other and may seem hard to choose. Focus on the need for each room. For instance, engineered vinyl planks are an excellent choice for the kitchen and hallways. They are 100% waterproof, easy to clean, and holds up to water spills. They also have cork underlayment underneath. This property provides cushioning in case of a fall.
- MULTI-LEVEL CABINETRY
Much of the bulk in the kitchen is created by counters, countertops, shelves, and cabinetry. These kitchen features are often the cause of kitchen accidents varying from bruises inflicted by cabinet edge, or knocking over items as you reach a shelf or drawer.
Multi-level cabinetry, allow people of various heights to work either standing or seated. Avoid installing cabinets over stoves as this can pose a hazard if balance is impaired.
Your vision will diminish with each birthday. It is essential to ensure you have proper lighting in your home. Reduce shadows and glare by installing indirect lighting. Add on natural lighting by having skylights or non-curtained windows brighten up the entire house. You can also lighten your walls and ceilings; achieve this by using lighter matte finish or paint with Light Reflective Value of 70-80. Increase ambient light by using chandeliers because they dispense light all around. You can also have a CFL or LED bulb to increase ambient light.
- THE BATHROOM
For the bathroom, opt for an adjustable shower head with a handheld wand. Choose a walk-in shower and consider adding a seat to the shower design. A shower curtain is also preferable to a sliding floor if a fall were to happen. Consider installing grab bars to aid mobility if you have a bathtub or a shower combo. For bathroom flooring, opt for tile, vinyl, or engineered wood because they are durable, stylish, and waterproof.