There has been a monumental shift in aging. Moving into a retirement home or nursing/care facility is no longer the obvious plan or decision for many people. Maintaining an active lifestyle and independence for as many years as possible is the goal for the vast majority of people as they plan for retirement and envision their golden years.
Indeed, a recent AARP study found ¾ of older Americans want to remain in their homes as long as possible. The cost of 24-hour nursing care no doubt has a lot to do with this: the nationwide average monthly cost for a semi-private nursing facility room is a whopping $7,441 (nearly $90,000 a year)! In South Carolina, the cost is below the national average, but still prohibitively expensive for many people ($6,418 a month, or $77,016 a year).
As a result, the aging in place movement has taken root. Remaining in your own home — more specifically, choosing to build a universal design forever home — is the obvious preference for most people. And, of course, at LifeStage Home Designs we feel strongly about the benefits of universal design and forever homes! However, we also know that every situation and each person’s circumstances is different. So, while moving into your forever home may be your preference, there are many factors — and some tradeoffs. We’re here at LifeStage Home Designs to help you evaluate your options as you plan for the future. Consider the following:
There are a number of other factors to weigh as you decide whether to commit your financial resources to building your forever home. We recommend talking to people you know who have already made the decision and ask them about their experiences. Visit and tour as many different designs of forever homes to discover what you like and dislike. And if you’d like to step inside a universal design home, please give LifeStage Home Designs a call. We will help facilitate a visit to one in your area.
LifeStage Home Designs can work with you to develop the home of your dreams. Simply find a plan that you like, then talk to our expert designers to add the features your family needs – whether that’s a larger garage, an elevator, an enclosed porch, or more.