Top 10 Features of Aging-in-Place Homes
3 out of 4 adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes as they age. Here are the top ten features of a home that can help them do so.Posted — Updated
According to AARP, three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. Unfortunately, a much smaller percentage actually plan for that. If you are considering remodeling your current home to make it more senior-friendly or are looking to downsize to a home that can help extend your time there, here are ten features that can you should be aware of.
Senior Realtor Deb McCutcheon recently shared these in a seminar for the Triangle Chapter of the National Aging in Place organization. As someone who worked with the elderly as an occupational therapist for years, she is well-equipped to know what is important.
- Entry Way
- Amazon Echo - ~ $100
- Ring Video Doorbell- ~ $180, (over age 75, 46% of females and 23% of males live alone).
- Sensi-Smart Thermostat -~$130, voice-controlled, works w/ Echo
- Wemo Light Switch - ~ $50, controlled by phone app
- Smart Refrigerator - ~ $3500, order groceries, reads recipes
- Med-Minder Pill Dispenser - ~ $65
- Stove Guard CookStop- ~ $600, turns stove off if left on
- Robotic Vacumn Cleaners -
- Robotic Lawn Mowers - ~ $1000
- Automatic Door Systems – “ Home Automation”
- Approach Wall Cabinet Lift System – raises cabinets up and down
- Strobe light on Smoke Detectors
Deb McCutcheon is a Realtor with the special designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Deb is also an Occupational Therapist. Her combined expertise can help clients find homes to age-in-place safely and comfortably.