Van Horn Realty

Debbie's Facebook  Debbie's You Tube Channel  Debbie's Linked In

Debbie Van Horn, Broker

Fonville Morisey, Company Wide Associate of the Year

Top Real Estate Agent In Triangle Area, NC

Aging in Place

Aging in Place

If you’ve considered options for yourself or your aging parents, you may have come across the term “aging in place.” The idea is that older adults can live at home with the support they need to thrive. There are a variety of ways to make this work, but most homes will need to be modified to allow for all of the possible scenarios that come with aging. Here are just a few things you can do at home or for your parents to promote healthy aging in place.

Improve Overhead and Task Lighting
As eyes age, it can be harder to see in low light. Better lighting will go a long way in giving an older adult more freedom to do everyday tasks. 

Upgrade the Toilet
Bathrooms are not often designed for aging adults. If you have inaccessible features, work on making them more accessible. For example, put in a toilet that is higher so it’s easier to sit.

Install a Walk-In Shower
Tubs can also be a problem as older adults begin to experience mobility problems. A walk-in shower can increase accessibility. And don’t forget to install handrails even if you don’t need them yet. 

Use Slide-Out Cabinets 
There are some upgrades that will be useful in the kitchen as well. Crawling on the floor to dig in the back of a corner cabinet will be off the table for aging knees and hips. Pull-out cabinet organizers will make all the difference.
Incorporate Counter Heights 
For older adults who can’t stand for long periods of time or for those using wheelchairs, lower counters can be very helpful. They allow those aging in place to still have the freedom to prepare food and work in the kitchen. 

Use Single-Level Living
A home with stairs to a second floor is not always conducive to aging in place. It’s also important to note the other areas that use stairs for access. For example, make sure the laundry room is on the first floor. If you have steps up to the front door, you can install a ramp. 

Do you need to move into a more accessible home as you or your parents age? Send me an email if I can help!

Source: Home Actions

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

"By far, Debbie is the best real estate agent I've met. Her knowledge of the Triangle area is unparalleled. She also is a 'beast' as a buyers agent -- zealously does anything in her arsenal to serve her client"
Real Estate Services are Essential Business!

Real Estate Services are Essential Business!

On March 27, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a Stay at Home order that goes in place on Monday at 5 p.m. in North Carolina. The NC order states that Real Estate practices are approved essential services and that the state’s order does not override local county or city orders. Wake County has also recognized Real Estate as an Essential Service. Of course people’s health and safety are my top priority!

Continue Reading

540 In Progress!

540 In Progress!

NC DOT broke ground on the newest section of 540 last fall. Check out this Great Complete 540 Map to see the route. Big changes for this section of southern Wake County in the next few years! Could this area of the Triangle be your next home? Send me a note to explore options!Continue Reading