This post covers the results from the 2017 HomeAdvisor Aging in Place Survey.
Here’s something that isn’t a surprise : No one really knows what aging in place means or how it is relevant to their life.
I say it’s not a surprise, because “aging in place” is one of those industry terms that just didn’t quite hit home with the average person.
Essentially, aging in place is living in the home of your choice while you grow older, and being able to get any help or support you need from the community as you do. (If you’d like, you can click here to learn more about aging in place.)
But, as you’ll see, even though people didn’t warm up to the phrase, the idea is taking off.
Aging in place survey big idea
A few months back, HomeAdvisor published the results of their annual aging in place survey.
The big idea from the survey is that you can make your life easier (now and in the future) by keeping up with the maintenance of your home. And, as you do any work on your home, keep in mind that modifications or remodeling can affect your future life at home.
With this year’s survey, HomeAdvisor wanted to learn the motivations people had for completing home improvement projects. As well as, learn how well people understood the term “aging in place” and if people thought about aging in place in relation to home improvement. The survey was conducted on homeowners aged 55 – 75 and homeowners over age 75.
The results showed exactly what I’ve experienced working with people here in the Baltimore area. People don’t understand what aging in place is and they certainly don’t think of it when they’re making changes to their homes.
However, the good news is that people are making changes to their homes that can make life better for them now and in the future.
According to the results of the survey, a lot of people are making sure to keep their home maintenance up and there are many who are taking on home remodeling projects to get their homes ready for later in life.
Ideas you can use
If you want a great foundation to build your future at home on, keep up with home maintenance. And, when you’re making changes to your home, make sure you keep in mind that those changes can affect you later on. (This is one way working with an accessibility specialist can help; we’ll help you understand the future effects of changes you might make.)
Even though you may not know what aging in place is, that shouldn’t stop you from being proactive in modifying your home. Quite frankly, no matter what age you are, you can have a home that is easier and more enjoyable to live in now, and will help you prepare for your future.
Probably the most important idea from this report is that you should start as early as you can. Don’t wait until you are in a dire situation.
If you’re like to learn more about the HomeAdvisor Aging in Place Survey, just click here.
Forever Home has a Certified Aging in Place Specialist on staff, and can help you or your parents understand how you can modify your home so it not only suits your lifestyle, but also can help keep you safe, healthy and happy later in life. If you’re in the Baltimore, MD, York, PA or surrounding areas, we would love to work with you to help you plan what will be needed from your home later in life.