In this post we’re having a look at the 2017 HomeAdvisor Aging in Place Survey.
Something that became apparent to me early on in working with seniors and their families is that people don’t think about what they might need their home to be like when they’re older. Specifically, what they might need to add or change so they can live in their home longer. Or, how the work they do have done might affect them later in life.
In fact, there is one thing I can say for certain. And, that is, that most everyone I’ve worked with over the years who was older did not understand or consider one very important thing:
If you keep up on the maintenance of your home and do improvements as they are needed, you can make your life easier down the road.
It’s also true that most of them also didn’t consider that by not doing those things you can actually make your life harder when you’re older.
This all has to do with the idea of “aging in place”. (You can learn more about that here.) Essentially, your home is an important part of aging in place and keeping yourself healthy and happy.
Aging in place survey by HomeAdvisor
A few months ago, HomeAdvisor published their annual aging in place survey results. They conduct this survey yearly and, this year, there were some very distinct goals they had in mind:
- Understand some of the motivations older people had for making home improvements.
- Learning how well the “aging in place” was understood.
- Learning if people thought about the idea of aging in place when they were planning work on their homes.
The survey was conducted with homeowners in two separate age groups: Between 55 – 75 and over age 75.
Aging in place survey findings
The survey results show quite a few interesting (but, not surprising) things. Specifically, things I’ve seen here in the Portland area helping older clients and their families over the years.
First, not everyone understands the idea of aging in place. Nor, do they make decisions based on thinking about aging in place. Such as, “I am going to learn about the changes I can make in my home so I can age in place.”
That being said, people are curious about what they can do to make their lives easier and more safe (or their parent’s lives). And, they are making changes based on how it can affect their quality of life now and later. They just aren’t associating it with the idea of aging in place.
Which, is fine. Aging in place is an industry term, so it makes sense that people haven’t latched onto it. I’m just excited people are starting to think ahead and make plans.
Results from the aging in place survey
Here are a few key points taken from the survey results.
- Making sure you keep up on home maintenance is key to being able to stay at home longer.
- Think about how home improvements, maintenance or remodeling might affect you later in life.
- People aren’t making changes to their homes because they understand the idea of aging in place.
- People are making changes in their homes because they can make their homes easier to live in and more enjoyable, both now and later in life.
- A person over age 75 might make a change for a different reason than a person who is under 75.
- You may think about aging in place differently if you’ve watched a parent experience it.
- Starting early is the most important idea from the survey.
If you click here , you can see all the results from the HomeAdvisor aging in place survey.
Thriving at Home can help you or a parent understand what will be needed from a home later in life, help you plan for the things you need and connect you with the right professionals in the Portland, OR area who can help you achieve your goals.
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