According to recent surveys of Seniors (65 and older), who own their own homes, the following are statistics which show the wants as they pertain to Aging in Place. The needs, however seemingly simple, are necessary for Seniors to safely remain in their homes without the need for outside intervention. Aging in Place modifications can assist in helping them achieve the independence in order to maintain their current quality of life.
- STAY IN OWN HOME- 90% of Seniors want to stay in their own home. Most seniors choose to stay in their own home based on their desire to remain independent and remain in a familiar setting, close to friends family and places that are part of their daily routine.
- NON-SLIP FLOORING SURFACES- 80% want a safe, non-slip flooring surface to navigate throughout the house, not just in the bathroom. It is also important that the surfaces remain consistent (level) with little to no change in height from one room to the next. Fewer transitions allow for greater ease of movement, whether walking with or without assistance or using a wheelchair.
- BATHROOM AIDES- 79% want additional safety measures in the bathroom, including such items as grab bars, handheld showers to specialized tubs or zero-entry walk-in showers. There are a multitude of items to improve the safety of your bathroom, while maintaining the aesthetics.
- LEVER-HANDLES- 54% want lever handles vs. knobs on doors, cabinets, fixtures. Lever are not only an attractive option, but they are much more user friendly. Lever handles are part of the Universal Design model, which defines standards to meet the needs of all abilities.
- MODIFY CURRENT HOME- 49% want to make modifications to their existing home so that it meets their needs both now and in the future allowing them to remain in their homes as long as possible. These changes can be minor or can be full scale renovations. ***60% admitted to having already made some sort of improvements
- AGING IN PLACE READY HOME- as opposed to the previous group, 38% would like to purchase a home in which Aging in Place modifications have already been completed. This would be more of a Universal Design/Aging in Place, as the modifications would not be personalized to the homeowner, but rather general modifications based on current Aging in Place standards.