Aging In Place Is The Option

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 Aging In Place Is The Option

 

Aging in place allows people to live in the home of their choice for as long as possible. There are outside services available to maintain and even improve the quality of life. 

 

Too many times I have witnessed a rapid decline   when seniors are forced to make a move from a comfortable home they love.

 Aging in place is the option and should be considered first. 

 It is about doing the right thing. And sometimes advising sellers NOT to sell may be the best option.

There are ways to make most homes convenient  and accessible by including  stair glides, grab bars,  flooring modifications, easy open door handles, reduction of fall risks with hand rails other simple safety features.

 walk in tub

Bathrooms and kitchens  can be made accessible. Faucets can have easy turn handles, showers can be barrier free and cabinets and microwaves can be lowered. The walk in tub that I had in one of my recent listings make it ideal for someone to age in place. 

Aging in place is not just for OLD people. It is for all people who want to have dignity and quality of life without being a burden. It does not mean doing it all yourself. It does require planning and even outside services.

 Aging In Place Is The Option

 

margaret rome 410-530-2400

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Debbie Reynolds
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Margaret, When building our new home we will be incorporating some features to make aging in place easier. We will not make it totally handicap accessible but really aging friendly.

Mar 04, 2014 12:36 PM #7
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Debbie, Hope you have or are planning to write about incorporating these features. I am planning my radio show this Sunday on Aging in Place.

Mar 05, 2014 05:08 AM #8
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Such good advice, Margaret.  People rapidly decline when taken from their homes.  I've seen that tub.  It's pretty amazing what they can do these days to make it so you can stay in your home.

Mar 05, 2014 01:24 PM #9
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Elyse, So good to see you. I know you understand this subject all too well.

Mar 05, 2014 01:30 PM #10
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Gita Bantwal
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Margaret, I agree. Sometimes aging is place is the best option. Thanks for the post.

Mar 05, 2014 08:18 PM #11
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Gita, Thanks for stopping by. This is such an important subject.

Mar 05, 2014 08:42 PM #12
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Hi Margaret,

Great blog and my grandma is California right now was thinking about moving because she cant get up the stairs. She loves the house so much I dont think they are going to sell and instead try to get some type of elevator? not sure but I enjoyed reading your blog

Mar 06, 2014 04:44 AM #13
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Kela, There are elevators, lifts, stair glides etc. Do some research and make Grandma happy.

Mar 06, 2014 05:04 AM #14
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Dick and Dixie Sells
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We just had this same conversation with a couple looking to sell. Really thought they would be better off to stay put and make some changes to accomodate their needs and told them so. We need to do the RIGHT thing for our clients ( oh and we had sold they the house about 20 years ago!)

Mar 07, 2014 08:16 PM #15
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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I did a staging consult last week for a woman who is 88, lives alone, and really has no interest in moving.  I was contacted by the agent.  Her children are the ones that are pushing the move.  It's a very large home, she has lived there all her life.  She now only uses the kitchen, bath and family room.  Her twin bed and a dresser are in the family room.  The rest of the home looks like it's in a time warp, hasn't been updated since the 80's.  

It was a staging nightmare.  She is a smoker and from the brown tint throughtout the home, I would say she has been smoking forever.

I don't think this woman should be stressed out about staging and preparing for sale.  The family should not be pushing her into this.  I gave her suggestions and helped her the best I could.  I told her not to worry about her sleeping arrangement in the family room....buyers would just have to understand.  (most won't even make it that far because the smoke smell will scare them away at the door)

In my opinion, this woman should be allowed to live the way she is living, comfortable in her home until she can no longer safely do so.  The "kids" should deal with selling the house once she is gone.

Mar 07, 2014 09:40 PM #16
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Laura Andersen
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Yes, we need to be respectful of any buyers' situation regardless of age.  When someone has to consider moving from a home due to their health and age, it can be very difficult to face it. Having a caring agent looking out for your best interest makes the transition much easier. 

 

Mar 07, 2014 09:42 PM #17
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Sharon, You comment would make a good blog.

Laura, Thank you for understanding.

Mar 08, 2014 01:18 AM #18
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I've encountered this several times with elderly homeowners. It takes patience and evaluation of their health and situation. Staying as long as possible is desirable, especially since assisted living is costing $4-$8000.00 per month these days. Sometimes downsizing to a one level or condo is best, sometimes getting a nurse or caregiver to stop by a couple times per weeek is best, and others times I've taken people to visit assisted living facilities, and even helped some move into one. Renting their home can also be an option.

Mar 08, 2014 07:28 AM #19
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Jeff, All the options need to be discussed. I just sold a home that could not be navigated by the owners. We sold it and after going over all their options including finanancial and emotional, whether to  purchase a condo, assisted living, adult care living.... they decided to rent an apartment. 

Mar 08, 2014 08:30 AM #20
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Sharon Tara
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Thank you for the inspiration!  I wrote a post....actually I tweeked my comment to make it a post!

Mar 09, 2014 08:41 PM #21
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Dan Hopper
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A great topic in today's environment.  There are many more options today than there used to be, and being patient in the process is of utmost importance to the Senior community!  There really is NOT one rule that works for all.

Mar 09, 2014 10:00 PM #22
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Eric Kodner
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Margaret, it's refreshing to read a post that mentions accessibility features and the various ways to make a home made barrier-free. This subject simply needs to be aired and discussed more often.  It's the future of our industry and it's coming upon us rapidly.

Mar 09, 2014 11:33 PM #23
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Sharon, And it is an excellent post and getting good comments.

Dan, Yes. Being aware of the options is what I am trying to get across.

Eric,Thank you for saying that.  Hoping that more real estate agents will listen to the needs of future sellers and help them decide whether to move or stay.

Mar 10, 2014 12:08 AM #24
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Margaret, I couldn't agree more. People that consider aging in place, or have decided firmly they want to, have probably thought about all the options but have chosen to stay in a home and neighborhood they feel comfortable in. Once the choice is made, however, changes should be made to the home (little by little) to make it more comfortable in the future for the homeowners. The sooner, the better.

Mar 10, 2014 03:41 AM #25
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Margaret - Kaye Swain, reblogged this article. I thought I would come over and let you know I think this isa GREAT post. People first is a winner.

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