Retrofitting to ‘age in place’ is new homebuilding specialty
Accessibility in the home is a prerequisite for disabled and elderly people to lead a normal and dignified life. This requires accessibility and automation incorporation as early as possible in the retrofitting project phase.
Publications aimed toward senior citizens contain dozens of advertisements for new living accommodations. Throughout the world, construction of new senior living options from free-standing condominiums to independent and assisted-living apartments with various levels of nursing care is booming. It is difficult to find a business that can give you advice on how to turn your existing home into a place fit for ageing in place.
In the US, however, those businesses, called “Certified Aging in Place Specialists”, are slowly emerging. They can provide a number of services to senior citizens helping them stay in their own home longer and safer. So far, most of these specialists are home remodelers, but health care professionals, home care providers, architects, and designers are moving in. This will almost certainly improve the quality of retrofitted buildings for the elderly and disabled and help them keep living – in their own homes.