Older people or those with mobility issues may not be able to do the things they want independently and this can seriously impact their day-to-day life. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), more than 90% of people prefer to stay in their home as long as they can. However, progressive health conditions such as arthritis, spinal problems, osteoporosis and other aging-related issues can restrict their ability to move around the home. Often, such mobility issues may mean that their current home is no longer appropriate for their needs. As a result, many people move home to improve accessibility. Whether you are moving into a new or resale home, paying due attention to the following factors will ensure that the house is accessible:
- Style of house – From an accessibility point of view, one of the best styles of house is a bungalow or a two-storey house which has sufficient space for an elevator. If you choose a bungalow, installing an elevator can ensure access to the basement. It is best to avoid back split, side split and townhomes as it is difficult to improve accessibility in such settings.