Aging-in-place is a popular choice among seniors and, while it certainly requires some thoughtful changes in home design and function, it most certainly does not mean converting the home into a series of sterile, hospital-like rooms, as any Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) will tell you.
While design function and universality are tantamount to aging-in-place design, there are plenty of creative ways to implement both purpose and aesthetic into your home.
- A wall-mount sink that protrudes beyond the counter and cabinetry allows easy access, plenty of knee-room, and a unique style.
- Solar carports give the advantage of covered parking and entry to the home. At the same time, you are generating free and low-maintenance electricity. There are many other ways to incorporate solar energy into the house. Solar energy systems are hassle-free ways to keep warm, brightly lit, and comfortable without struggling with high energy bills, as so many seniors unfortunately do.
- Heat recovery ventilators are an excellent choice for any home, yet as we grow older, the importance of clean indoor air only grows. Heat recovery ventilators recirculate heat from exhaust air back into the inflowing fresh air, increasing air quality and saving energy.
- Natural light is key to warm, healthy, and comfortable aging-in-place living. You can, however, get creative with your wall of windows. Consider such features as stained-glass transom windows, glass block sidelights, and more. Natural light, or daylighting, reduces the headache of searching for light switches, saves energy on lighting, and provides valuable (as in free) solar heating.