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Open House: Could You Grow Old in Your Home?

Sometimes simple, elegant solutions can make all of the difference, such as these LED lights, which illuminate a low set of stairs at the Green Mountain Ranch. Design features such as minimal staircases, wide hallways that may accommodate wheelchairs, and showers with built-in seats are just a few of the features that make homes elderly-friendly. While my house is elderly-friendly in many ways, the long, uneven brick staircase that leads to the backyard is definitely not one of its more accessible features.

So tell me, could you grow old in your home? Is there anything preventing you from reaching the ripe old age of 80 or 90 within its walls? Tell me what makes your home elderly-friendly — or not — in the comments.

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Taniusik Taniusik 8 years
No way. I really doubt that we’ll manage to go up and down our stairs when we’re older.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not in my way.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I will keep this in mind when I buy my house. Not only for old age, also in case I break a leg or something like that and it turns out I don't have a bedroom downstairs. That's a huge problem I want to avoid.
Leene Leene 8 years
I live in a dorm. So no is my answer ::D:
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Nope... we're under contract for our first home -- a duplex down in a rehabbed vintage building. Stairs, narrow stairways, and bathtubs make it good for us since we're young; I couldn't imagine an elderly couple living there.
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
Yes. Our home is all on one level which is a big reason we moved in last year - the stairs at our old place were a little scary with a toddler who was just learning how to walk. But I guess the floor plan would also be ideal for hubby & I when we get old. :) Really I love this house and would be happy living here that long.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, we can. This is one of reasons I liked our property.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I want nothing more than to grow old in my home as we built it from the ground up. Unfortunately we built it with our 30 something bodies in mind. No downstairs bedrooms and a fairly steep staircase. If we could modify the staircase to be a smallish elevator there... geeze this was a downer thought for the day.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
I wouldn't want to grow old in my home, but if I did, the stairs would be my downfall. Pardon the pun. :fogey:
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