Friday, 23 October 2020

To grow old in your home, renovate accordingly

If you plan to stay in your home well into your golden years, doing renovations before you retire can make your house more safe and accessible.

Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible, says research by the National Conference of State Legislatures with the AARP Public Policy Institute. But many wait too long to make needed renovations, says Marianne Cusato, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. “You don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make changes to your house,” she says.

Some preemptive renovations make more sense than others. Installing ramps to accommodate a wheelchair, for example, is an expensive and potentially unnecessary change because “not everyone winds up in a wheelchair,” Cusato says.