A recent survey showed that most Americans aged 65 and older prefer to age in place. There are many benefits to aging in your own home, apart from the obvious reason that it increases the likelihood of mental stability. To be able to do this effectively, home remodeling will probably be necessary.
Considerations to Make When Planning
The first thing to consider when remodeling your house for an elderly family member is how they will age and what changes you expect to see in their body. For example, if arthritis runs in your family, then one is more likely to develop it. In this case, at some point a walker, wheelchair, or stairlift will probably be necessary.
Your chances for accidental falls are also likely to increase as you age. This could be a result of using certain medications or lacking Vitamin D. Lastly, remember that aging comes along with other inevitable side effects, including poor eyesight, declining energy levels, poor balance, poor hand grip, and limited mobility, so research ways to accident proof your home.
Alternatively, you could get help from an aging in place specialist to help you plan.
Is Aging in Place Expensive?
Although aging in place is costly in the long run, it will be cheaper than paying for a nursing home.
Most remodeling projects will cost less than $300,000, but the average cost of a private room in a nursing home is about $8,000 per month. In a year, you will have spent almost the entire cost of remodeling your house if you go with a nursing home.
At the end of the day, expect to pay at least $3,000 per month if you opt for an assisted living facility.
Remodeling Costs to Consider
Here are some of the important costs to consider when remodeling your house:
Most slipping accidents happen on wet bathroom floors. The cost of redoing your bathroom floor varies based on the size of the floor and the amount of work that needs to be done. Expect to pay $6,000 to $11,000.
Rubber flooring and slip resistant vinyl should not cost more than $3 per square foot. A cheaper option is non-slip rugs, which cost about $15.
The recommended door width for those with disabilities is at least 32 inches. This leaves enough space for a wheelchair or walker to pass through. The cost for widening a door will vary based on the materials being used as well as various technician fees.
Installing a Ramp
A ramp comes in handy when you are using a wheelchair in a multi-floor home, and it may also be essential when the door to your house is elevated. Ramp prices will vary based on the material being used and the length of the ramp.
Installing a Stairlift
Stairlifts might be the most expensive item in your remodeling budget. Prices range from $2,000 to 12,000 depending on the type, model, and configuration of the stairlift.
Grip and muscle strength diminish with age, so you might want to replace your windows to improve their ease of use. You might also consider going for larger windows to improve the lighting inside your house.
Replacing windows should cost $550 to $1,000 per window.
Raising Kitchen Countertops
This will prevent you or a loved one from hurting their back when bending over, and it will make it easier to do things around the kitchen. This largely varies based on the kitchen’s size and the number of counters that need work. A ballpark estimate is $500 per countertop.
There are many benefits that come with aging in place. If you plan, you can greatly reduce the cost and have peace of mind knowing that you or a loved one will always enjoy the comfort and security that comes with aging at home.