What Does Aging In Place Really Mean

What Does Aging In Place Really Mean

 

For many senior people, the COVID-19 pandemic marked one of the first times they wanted to escape the communal environment of assisted living to have a private residence or live with family. However, moving was not an option for those whose family’s homes, or independent residence options were inaccessible for their age and ability. This frightening experience deepened many people’s understanding of the importance of having the option to age in place. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 80% of Nova Scotian respondents want to age in their homes.

Transitioning

The home is where you have established comfort, connection, and confidence. For many, these things are difficult to replace or relearn in a foreign environment. For instance, someone with declining cognition may experience immense comfort and security by remaining familiar with their surroundings as they age. It is evident that there are many benefits to having the option to age in place, but what is required for a successful transition into one’s senior years at home? 

The Perfect Time

First, many people wait until they have an accident to incorporate stability-aiding features into their space. Adding accessible modifications earlier in life can increase the independence and safety of your home and mitigate accidents. These accessible features do not have to compromise your sense of independence or the beauty of your home. Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional, Kristen Habermehl, says that modern advancements in accessibility equipment make it easier to install attractive and subtle features that increase safety without compromising on your home’s design and décor. This means that Habermehl Contracting can add beautiful accessible features before you anticipate needing them. 

Moreover, hiring an accessibility professional, like Kristen, can ensure that the accessible design for your home will provide all the comfort and safety you need while still meeting your interior design desires. Kristen says, “because every person’s home and needs are unique, we ensure that every space is given a personalized accessible design to fit the needs or wants of the people who live there.” Whether you are looking for accessible housing options now, are one of the 8 in 10 Nova Scotians who would like to age-in-place, or simply want the option to host friends and family of diverse ages and abilities, we can help.  As specialists in accessibility and aging-in-place modifications, designing a holistically functional home is our focus, not an afterthought! Contact Habermehl Contracting today to discuss your home needs.

 

  • Rachel Habermehl,  November 28, 2022
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