House #3 – Creating a Home for Life
Because the original homestead had deteriorated, the decision was made to demolish it. The topography of the property is suitable for a one level, zero-step entry home; the property is within a couple of miles of the homeowners’ primary activities: church, the beauty shop, groceries, etc., and is closer to doctors, hospitals, and the interstate, making transportation and future caregiver access easier. Because this is a family property, the homeowners are already connected to the neighbors and the neighborhood, and since the property has sentimental value, the idea of leaving their beloved home is a little bit easier. After considering all things, they decided to use the equity in their current home to create a house that will meet their needs going forward.
Aging in Place Tip: There are many great places for seniors to live – condos, apartments, senior communities, continuing care retirement communities, and more. In the end, the right place is a deeply personal decision, influenced by many factors. When thinking about where to be, consider the lifestyle you enjoy, your proximity to the activities that are important to you, and the convenience of the location for your friends and go-to helpers. The ability to remain actively engaged in life is key to healthy aging!