Building a Home to Grow Old In, to Stay In

Back in 2010, NPR put together a great series about the aging baby boomer generation. One part of that series was called "Building Homes to Age In," and it illustrates how beautiful and functional Universal Design for aging in place can be. It's even affordable, and is often far more appealing than a nursing home or assisted living facility for seniors. 

 

 Jim & Cheryl Waggoner, pictured here, built their custom Aging in Place ready home (plans below).

Jim & Cheryl Waggoner, pictured here, built their custom Aging in Place ready home (plans below).

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Helping Seniors Help Themselves

A program dubbed CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) has successfully assisted seniors in Maryland and Michigan to stay in their own homes and function independently - to age at home. Seniors work with nurses and techs, setting specific goals for each individual and helping them succeed.

 

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Senior goals might include being able to walk to the car by themselves, with action steps like creating a level walking path and adding handrails where needed. Seniors might want the ability to use the toilet and bathe themselves independently, converting an existing bathroom into a shower room with ADA-height toilet and sinks, and/or grab bars and lifts. Goals and action plans are based on client wants, needs, and budget parameters. The program has already saved state-funded Medicaid plans $10,000 or better in Michigan and Maryland, making it beneficial for seniors, their families, and the state’s taxpayers.

 

Aging at home means keeping your independence - making a plan to ensure that your home allows you to continue to live as you prefer, for as long as possible. You make the decisions now to determine how you live the years ahead, considering your wants and needs now and later. Programs like CAPABLE are helping seniors become independent, and stay that way. We believe in working with seniors and their families, their caregivers, helping you determine what’s needed in the home to help you and your loved ones maintain your independence and way of life for as long as possible.