A Mobility-Friendly Home Offers Independence and Freedom

Senior enjoying her mobility-friendly home

5 Benefits of Downsizing To A Mobility-Friendly Home.

All of us are at risk of disability at some point in our lifetime, especially once we reach our golden years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five adults in America have a disability, and 13% of adults have mobility problems which make walking or climbing stairs an everyday challenge. For people with disabilities, it’s crucial to live in an environment which will encourage mobility, and downsizing to a mobility-friendly home can make a lot of difference to an older person who values his or her independence.

Why it makes sense to downsize to a mobility-friendly home

A majority of older adults are concerned about preserving their independence and freedom. A study has found that 78% of adults age 65 and older intend to age in their current residence. But staying in a condominium unit or a home with lots of stairs, narrow doorways and passageways and other hazards may present lots of dangers to retirees or seniors with mobility issues. Living in such a home can present the risk of falling, and a serious fall-related injury can lead to disability or even death. Homes that aren’t designed for aging in place can also prevent seniors from doing typical everyday activities on their own. Moreover, all the features of a mobility-friendly home will ensure that retirees get to live in utter comfort as they enjoy their golden years. Here are 5 benefits of downsizing to a mobility-friendly home.

You can make your own meals

Some seniors who have mobility problems choose to have meals delivered to their homes, but downsizing to a mobility-friendly home—which includes a kitchen with wide pathways, low sinks, counters, and appliances that can be easily accessed—means that you get to cook your own meals as much as you can.

You get to shower or go to the bathroom with ease

Most seniors experience falling in the bathroom, but a bathroom designed to be mobility-friendly allows the elderly to shower or use the bathroom safely and easily. Bathrooms should have large doorways and the shower room must have enough room to accommodate a wheelchair or any other mobility device. Non-slip bath mats, grab bars, and lower sinks can also help to make bathrooms safer for older adults.

You get to access all the rooms in your home

Some seniors with mobility problems are confined to only one part of their home, usually the bedroom, as they don’t enough space to maneuver a wheelchair from one room to another. By downsizing to a mobility-friendly home, you get to access all the rooms in your home and do the things that you need to do.

You get to be more social

A mobility-friendly home is more spacious than typical homes, so you can invite friends and relatives to come visit you more often. You can also invite your peers who have limited mobility, knowing that they’ll be comfortable enough to explore your home.

You’re safer in case of an emergency

In case of an earthquake, a fire, or other emergency situations, downsizing to a mobility-friendly home means that you can get out of your home as quickly as possible if you need to. A mobility-friendly home that’s optimized for safety should have ramps, large doorways, and a garage that’s wide enough to accommodate an ambulance should you ever need it.

If you decide to make a few changes to your home for maximum accessibility, keep in mind that renovation costs can vary depending on the extensiveness of the work that needs to be done. But remember that downsizing to a mobility-friendly home can be a good investment as your safety is of utmost importance in your senior years.

Bio: Sally Phillips is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

 

 

Mary Spann

Mary Spann

Mary Spann is the founder and president of Upside of Downsizing®. In addition to her 26 years in construction, interior design, and home staging, Mary also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, making her uniquely qualified to assist with the downsizing process. Mary learned the key components of construction and interior design at an early age. Her father was a prominent custom home builder in Minnesota and Texas, and her mother was a successful interior designer and a real estate broker.
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