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Demand for ‘age in place’ homes increases

A survey by the Strategic Society Centre found that 80% of homeowners wish to stay in their home for as long as possible.

There is a demand for ‘age in place’ home design which are homes that have facilities ready for when people become old and less agile. Instead of having to wait until they are older and less healthy, as people reach the age of 50, they can make changes to their homes in anticipation of this inevitable situation.

Architects and house builders in the US are designing new build houses with old people in mind. Amongst the facilities included in these houses are stairless access to outside decks, doorways wide enough for wheelchairs, high plug sockets and bright lighting above work surfaces. Where possible, non-slip flooring is installed to minimise the chance of falls. Luxury vinyl tiles can lessen the risk of injury if someone falls.

Laura Maresca Sanatore of LMS design says:

“I try to think about what am I going to need when I get older and what is going to make me more comfortable.”

Although most new build homes in the UK are not built specifically for old people, homeowners can make changes to their homes in preparation for a time when they are less agile. For example, when choosing new floor coverings, consider installing non-slip flooring in your Cheshire home. Quality non-slip flooring looks good and will last for many years. It will help protect you when you are older.

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