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What Features a Home Needs So you Can ‘Age in Place’

  Glenn Ruffenach, Wall Street Journal Reporter, provides readers with three resources which can help a great deal in determining what features a home should have so you can comfortably “age in place.”  A report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard: “Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population”, found that there are five features which make a home safe & accessible. [Go to jchs.harvard.edu and highlight: Research]
  1. No-step entrances
  2. Single-floor living
  3. Switches and outlets reachable at any height
  4.  Extra wide hallways and doors
  5. Lever-style door & faucet handles
The National Association of Home Builders and its “Aging-in-Place Remodeling Checklist”, provides more than 100 suggestions that can help homeowners age 50-plus live “safely, independently and comfortably.” [Go to nahb.org and search for: aging in place] Finally, the “HomeFit Guide” from AARP, has a 26-page report explaining how to create a ‘ lifelong home’. [Go to aarp.org and search for: HomeFit] Link to article located Below… What Features a Home Needs So You Can ‘Age in Place’
 
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