Tomorrow’s home will be designed and built to include many of the key elements that permit residents to age in place. That would mean no-step entry, wider doorways and single-floor living.
The future, sadly, is not here yet. Nor will these progressive building standards come quickly enough to meet the outsize demands of the aging American population.
AARP, which is heavily involved in the movement to revise the thinking about home accessibility, sees a bleak time ahead: “When it comes to future needs our nation’s housing is severely deficient. By 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs. Only one percent of existing housing stock includes all five recommended accessibility features: no-step entry, single-floor living, extra-wide hallways and doors, accessible outlets and light switches, and lever-style handles. And today, more than 19 million older adults live in inadequate or unaffordable housing.”
In AARP’s report, it also noted a success in designing the dwelling of the future: “In February 2017, a first-of-its-kind home adhering to the standard of ‘ageless design’ was unveiled in Memphis, TN. The home is part of a groundbreaking effort by AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, which challenged architects through a nationwide competition to create new standards in housing design that allow adults to stay in their homes throughout their lives. A 54-year old U.S. Army veteran, Walter Moody, will live in the home.”
Bravo. But not all of us can wait for that new, fully-accessible home nor will everyone will be able to afford one. But we can retrofit our current residences to accommodate the needs that often arise suddenly due to aging, illness or infirmity.
That’s the mission of Next Day Access of San Antonio, where we help you create a home without barriers. Next Day Access’ “Whole Home-Whole Life” approach means comfort and accessibility in your current home. And Next Day Access of San Antonio means that today, not in some undefined future. Give us a call at (210) 404-4325 today!