Aging in place refers to the ability of seniors to live in their own homes and communities safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It’s a concept that is gaining traction as more older adults prefer the familiarity of their homes over assisted living facilities. 

However, planning for aging in place needs careful consideration, foresight, and preparation. Below are some practical guidelines for how you can prepare for aging in place in your home.

Understanding Your Future Needs

Before you can plan for aging in place, you need to evaluate your (or your family’s) current health and mobility status. Are there any existing conditions that might affect your ability to live independently? Do you anticipate any future health and mobility issues that may arise? Aging often comes with an increased risk for certain illnesses and physical challenges.

You should also take into account the impact of aging on your daily activities. Simple tasks such as bathing, cooking, or even moving around the house can become difficult as we get older. Being aware of these changes will help you better prepare your home for aging in place.

Evaluating Your Home

Next, assess how suitable your current home is for aging in place. Are there potential problem areas such as stairs or slippery floors? You might want to consider possible modifications in different parts of your house such as the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.

Remember that your goal is not just about making your home safer but also about making it more convenient and comfortable for your older self and your loved ones.

Home Modification Checklist for Aging in Place

There are several common home modifications you can consider to make your home more senior-friendly. These include:

Entrance and Exits

Even something as simple as walking up a step or across a threshold can be hazardous for people with limited mobility. Install ramps for easier access and ensure all entrances, exits, and changes in elevation are safe and well lit.

Bathroom Modifications

The bathroom is statistically the most dangerous room in the home due to slippery surfaces. Consider placing grab bars near the toilet and shower area, use nonslip mats, and consider a walk-in tub or no barrier shower.

Kitchen Modifications

Reaching and lifting can often be particularly challenging for older adults. Adjust the height of countertops and cabinets for easier access, and consider installing pull-out shelves.

Stair and Hallway Modifications

Stairs are the most frequently cited obstacle to aging in place in your home. Thankfully, there are several solutions for managing stairs, such as chair lifts or platform lifts. You might also consider installing sturdy handrails on both sides of stairs, and ensure hallways have adequate lighting, including night lights.

You might also want to explore the possibility of home automation for easier living. Smart home technologies such as voice-controlled lights, automated door locks, and medical alert systems can significantly enhance convenience and safety — allowing you to stay at home longer.

Financial Planning

Of course, all these modifications come with a cost. Be sure to research the potential costs of aging in place and start planning and budgeting for home modifications. 

If money is a concern, you can find financial assistance and resources available from the government or non-profit organizations — like Omicelo Health — that can help offset some of these costs. Whether it’s through a loan, grant, or other means of support, there are several possible solutions for getting help.

Local Community and Support Services

Aging in place covers more than just the physical aspects of your home; it also involves your community and support system. Local resources for the elderly such as senior centers, meal delivery services, and transportation services can significantly enhance your quality of life as you age in place.

Having a strong support system nearby—whether it’s family, friends, or caregivers—also offers emotional security and practical assistance when needed. Remaining safely in your own home can improve physical and social health, as well. 

Omicelo Health Helps Homeowners With Aging in Place

At Omicelo Health, our mission is to help people learn how to make modifications to their homes so they can age in place safely, comfortably, and independently. We guide you through the process of selecting, purchasing, and installing features for accessibility purposes.

We understand that aging in place is an important decision that requires careful thought and planning. With our expertise and dedication, we’re here to make that journey easier for you. 
Contact us today if you have questions or need assistance. Aging in place is a feasible and comfortable option — let us help you make it possible.