Are you considering your home options as you look to the future? Many seniors jump to the conclusion that they have to move to a single level home in order to maintain access to it should their future mobility be impaired. However you have other options, and a great option for you might be a home elevator. Let’s take a closer look.
One of the biggest reasons that seniors sell their family homes and relocate is the difficulty of walking up and down the stairs. When you consider that up to half of the square footage of a two story home can be challenging or even off-limits to the mobility impaired person, you can see why so many people opt to sell and move into a single level house. Chores like carrying baskets of laundry up or down stairs can be almost impossible for one who is uncertain on his feet. Additionally, even if someone feels strong enough to navigate stairs once or twice a day, a momentary stumble on the stairs can have disastrous consequences.
Some houses are built atop a basement garage, or these homes may have important household equipment like the furnace or washing machine in the basement. This means that one who cannot easily navigate the stairs may struggle to do necessary tasks like carrying groceries in from the car, changing a fuse in the electrical panel, or just having clean clothing.
And yet, the decision to sell a home that has played such a huge role in the lives of the whole family is not a small one. The four walls of the family home may echo with the laughter of children who are now grown and have children of their own. Memories of loved ones who have passed away may be inextricably linked to particular areas of the home. However, mobility impaired individuals may feel that they have no other choice but to sell.
Or do they?
If you or a loved one are struggling with stairs in the home, you do have a choice. Instead of selling, perhaps you should install an elevator in the home. Installing an elevator will pay off in the long run as it will allow the homeowner to stay in their home long term, will provide peace of mind for worried loved ones, and will increase the useable square footage of the home.
Even if you are not elderly, you may want to consider a home elevator installation. This option will allow you to “age in place.” When you get older, when your knees and hips become achier, when you’re just a little too tired to tackle the stairs, you won’t have to mess with updating the house, cleaning it, listing the house, selling it, paring down possessions, packing them up, and adjusting to a new home and neighborhood. You can stay put for many years longer than you might have otherwise.
Another reason to install an elevator is to give your elderly relatives the option to come live with you. If you really hope to care for your loved ones as they begin to get a little more frail, they may feel more comfortable moving into a home that doesn’t have a flight of stairs to climb on a daily basis. Those who use wheelchairs, canes, and walkers may find stairs a daunting prospect, and a home elevator can eliminate this objection to moving in with you.
Additionally, even if your home is not your “forever” home, a home elevator will open your two story home up to a wider range of buyers. Those with mobility issues will find a home with an elevator more attractive than those without one. Even those without mobility issues will find the comfort and convenience of a home elevator attractive.
Don’t allow the presence of stairs to be the determining factor in where you live your life. Check into home elevator installation and live in safety and convenience.