3 Things Every Senior Should Look For In A New Home By Guest Blogger Kent Elliott

Dated: 06/25/2020

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Senior Home Buying


Are you looking for a perfect new home for your golden years? If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a new home, you may need to update your expectations about what that perfect golden year home should look like. Certain home and even city features can help you age in place with more comfort and safety, so be sure to look for the following essentials.

Touches That Make ADLs Easier

If you plan on aging in place after you purchase your new home, you need to make sure that you will be able to safely and comfortably complete activities of daily living (ADL). These tasks include activities you may now take for granted, such as cooking meals, bathing, or dressing, but as time goes on, you may find it more difficult to carry out ADLs.

If you are concerned about being able to complete these tasks on your own or you’re worried a senior loved one cannot do so safely, it may be time to research local care options. For most seniors, this means looking into local assisted living communities that provide the extra care and help they need without taking away their Independence. Online guides and tools can make researching assisted living communities much easier and you can even connect with trained advisors to assist you. When you use online tools or speak to advisors, be sure to confirm the prices and features for assisted living facilities that interest you. Facilities in Minnesota have an average monthly cost of $3,468, but you may be able to fund your stay through selling your current home (Bloomington homes have an average sale price of $280,000).

Layouts That Keep Seniors Safe

For senior home buyers, the layout of a home may be more important than smaller features. By opting for a single-story home, senior home buyers can ensure they have an easier time aging in place as they get older. A single-story home can make it easier for seniors to move around with wheelchairs or walkers, and an absence of stairs may also make it less likely that those seniors will experience a life-changing fall. Falls inside the home can be particularly dangerous and deadly for adults who are over the age of 65, which is why searching for key aging in place design elements and features is so important.

In addition to looking for homes with one story, senior home buyers can also look for details inside the home that will improve mobility and safety. For example, a walk-in shower can present a safer environment for seniors to bathe, although it may be wise to add a shower seat or grab bars for more safety. Also, keep in mind that while you can add accessibility features to your new home, you cannot change the floor plan to help you age in place safely. 

Resources That Prevent Isolation

While falls are a leading cause of serious injury for seniors, social isolation can be a major concern as well. Seniors who feel cut off from friends, family, and communities are more likely to experience feelings of depression and anxiety. Those same seniors are also more likely to develop chronic disease and even experience an earlier death. So, while it can be crucial to find a home that includes features for safe aging in place, it may be even more important to look for senior-friendly community features that will prevent isolation in old age. Access to public transit, senior resources, and outdoor space are key community features that can make it easier for older adults to age without experiencing feelings of loneliness. Moving to a city that offers these perks, or considering assisted living, can help you find a home that’s perfect for your retirement.

Your golden years should be as stress-free as possible! So, make sure your new home has all of the features you need to retire comfortably. From aging in place home features to aging-friendly communities, these things can help you make the most of your retirement years!

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Cindy Hanson Welu

Cindy has been a licensed realtor since 2000, and a licensed real estate broker since 2004. She and the entire Welcome Home Team strive to meet and exceed their clients expections while delivering th....

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