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Aging-In-Place

For many senior people, the COVID-19 pandemic marked one of the first times they wanted to escape the communal environment of assisted living to have a private residence or live with family. However, moving was not an option for those whose family’s homes, or independent residence options, were inaccessible for their age and ability. This frightening experience deepened many people’s understandings of the importance of having the option to age-in-place. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 80% of Nova Scotian respondents want to age in their homes.

 

The home is where you have established comfort, connection, and confidence. For many, these things are difficult to replace or relearn in a foreign environment. For instance, someone with declining cognition may experience immense comfort and security by remaining familiar with their surroundings as they age. It is evident that there are many benefits to having the option to age-in-place, but what is required for a successful transition into one’s senior years at home?
 
First, many people wait until they have an accident to incorporate stability-aiding features to their space. Adding accessible modifications earlier in life can increase the independence and safety of your home and mitigate accidents. These accessible features do not have to compromise your sense of independence or the beauty of your home: Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional, Kristen Habermehl, says that “making your home accessible can be natural and attractive; we have many options for your home that have attractive features that will not appear medical.” This means that Atlantic Accessibility can add beautiful accessible features before you have waited too long.
 
Moreover, hiring an accessibility professional, like Kristen, can ensure that the accessible design for your home will provide all the comfort and safety you need while still meeting your interior design desires. Kristen says, “because every person’s home and needs are unique, we ensure that every space is given a personalized accessible design to fit the needs or wants of the people who live there.” Whether you are looking for accessible housing options now, are one of the 8 in 10 Nova Scotians who would like to age-in-place, or simply want the option to host friends and family of diverse ages and abilities, we can help! Contact Atlantic Accessibility today to discuss your home needs!
Aging