As the population gets older in Charlottesville VA and all over the country, an increasing number of people are interested in Aging In Place.
Traditionally as people age they downsize to a smaller home with one level living. However in the current real estate market it may not be a good time for some people to sell their Charlottesville home. In many cases their home may be worth more than what they owe or it may not sell for enough to buy the next home. In addition there are many seniors who just don't want to leave the home that they have lived in for so many years and that is filled with memories.
So what can they do? Their current home may not possess the features that will allow them to keep living in it as they grow older and face health challenges. One option is to retrofit the existing home so that it will be more suitable for an aging senior. The Livable for a Lifetime website provides information for people who are interrested in modifying their existing Charlottesville home. This site groups the projects from the simple to the complex. It offers a wealth of information such as plans and how tos for some of the projests and a list of builders who are aging in place specialists for the more complicated. This website is an excellent resource for anyone in the Charlottesville community who is exploring the idea of aging in place.
The Charlottesville Daily Progress just publlished an article that talks about the development and funding for the Liveable for a Lifetime website.
If you are consider remodeling your home to incorporate Universal Design elements to allow aging in place this website is a good place to start. On the other hand if you would like to mmove to an Active Adult Community or downsize to one level living, the Central Virginia area has several options, and I would be happy to discuss them with you.