Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Comfortably Aging in Place

Oct 20, 2015 03:35AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Home and Garden




(Family Features) Having lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck’s grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place. Using his expertise as a home remodeler, Heck completed a variety of aging-in-place related projects in their house, including adding grab bars to the bathroom and other small comforts.

“I feel very lucky knowing my grandparents live in a one story and have my assistance making home adjustments to ensure that they can independently age in place,” said Heck, owner of VIP Remodeling & Construction Services, LLC. “Many folks who ignore the fact that they are aging and need to make adjustments wind up injuring themselves and being uprooted from a more affordable, comfortable lifestyle and proximity to loved ones.”

With the number of U.S. residents 65 or older growing from 35 million in 2000 to nearly 73 million in 2030 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, baby boomers entering or approaching retirement need to be aware of how they can best prepare to age comfortably. According to HomeAdvisor’s 2015 Aging-in-Place Report, more than half of homeowners who hire a professional for an aging-related home improvement are under 65 years old, with 10 percent younger than 50.

“Too many of us wait until we reach a health or financial crisis to plan for getting older,” said Marty Bell, Executive Director of the National Aging in Place Council. “We plan our careers, we plan to send our children to college, we plan our vacations, but we don’t plan to age. And yet the evidence is there that those who do accept they are going to get older and make plans in advance have a considerably better later life.”

Heck notes that even making small adjustments in a home over time, such as adding stair lifts and handicapped accessible and curbless showers, can make all the difference in aging safety.
The top aging-in-place related projects completed by homeowners according to HomeAdvisor’s Aging-in-Place report include:

  • Adding a personal alert system: Personal alert systems provide necessary security in case of an emergency accident or fall. Installing a personal alarm system costs an average of $652, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.
  • Adding grab bars: Many accidents and falls take place in the bathroom. Homeowners may choose to add grab bars to help them safely enter and exit a bathtub or shower.
  • Building a disability ramp: Adding a wheelchair ramp, at an average cost of $1,547, offers accessibility to wheelchair or walker users. Various factors go into the cost and safety of a ramp, including slope, weight specifications, landing and materials.
  • Installing a stair lift: A staircase lift can eliminate the risk of injury on one of the most dangerous parts of a home. Folks with mobility issues can access the upstairs level safely with this highly reliable added function.

To find a home professional to complete aging-in-place projects, visit HomeAdvisor.com.   

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by HomeAdvisor



Family Features Family Features Home and Garden


  • Rhythms on the River

    03/23/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/24/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Rhythms on the River

    03/23/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/24/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/27/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/29/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Rhythms on the River

    03/30/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/31/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Festival des Fleurs

    04/01/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, including native plant...


  • Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    "What if the antidote to fear - any fear - lay within easy distance? Would you reach for it o...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/03/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/05/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks

    04/05/2017
    05:30PM — 07:30PM

    The 2017 Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks will be held Wednesday; April 5, 2017 from 5:30 pm t...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/06/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    04/07/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Walk For Hope and Family Fun Day

    04/08/2017
    07:30AM — 12:00PM

    Walk For Hope is an annual family oriented event which aims to increase autism awareness while ra...


  • Relay For Life of St. Landry Parish

    04/08/2017
    04:00PM — 10:00PM

    We are Two Steppin Out Cancer at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square for Relay For Life. Fea...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/10/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • 2017 Minority Health Awareness Summit

    04/12/2017
    09:30AM — 03:00PM

    Are you an area professional passionate about improving the lives of others? Are you a concerned ...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/13/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


 

 

Current Issue