Prepare Your Home For Retirement.
And here we are again at Sweet Blog, the sweetest blog online.
Today's article is mainly for the older members of our sweet community.
Although the younger ones are obviously also more than welcome to read, still, regarding the practical level, the target audience is slightly different, as mentioned above.
Our topic for today is how to best prepare your home for retirement.
As we all know, there comes a time when every person retires. Usually, it is about retiring from work.
Retirement brings with it particular challenges, which manifest even at the retiree's house.
After all, the home needs of a 30-year-old healthy person, who spends most of his time at work, are pretty different from those of a person who is twice his age and spends most of his time at home. Those needs should obviously receive an adequate response.
In this article, we will review this issue in a way that will offer the best tools to prepare your home for retirement.
And as always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.
'Prepare Your Home For Retirement.'
1. Prepare Yourself For An Extended Stay.
The classic 30-year-old, let's call him Justin from now on, spends most of his at work.
Unlike him, since he retired, the 67-year-old - The main character of our article - let's call him John from now on, spends most of his time at home. As a result, His house is supposed to be more prepared for a prolonged stay.
'So what must he do?' you might ask.
Well, First and foremost, John must organize his house to be more prepared and adapted for an extended stay.
His home products/furniture intended for short-term use must be replaced with more durable and suitable for prolonged use.
Features such as 'Durability' and 'Comfort' should guide John in his furniture selection process. For example, Justin only comes home in the evening and sits on his couch in front of the TV. His time using the sofa is relatively short and usually ends when he goes to sleep, so the material from which the sofa is made is not supposed to be very durable. On the other hand, John's usage time is much longer than Justin's.
These are things that should be taken into account.
The above is just one example, but the guiding principle is pretty straightforward. Now that he is retired, John must create a home environment that will allow him more frequent and comfortable use.
It's also relevant for all home accessories.
Suppose the faucet in John's bath is made from Worn material. And now, following his retirement and the increased homestay, its use might be more frequent. So, in order to avoid unfortunate mishaps, it is worth replacing it with one made of more durable material.
Jhon must create a home environment that will allow him for more frequent and comfortable everyday use since, as mentioned, His time at home is much more frequent now that he is retired.
So, to sum it up. Better quality and more comfortable home products = Better home preparation for retirement.
Good quality = durability
By the way, If costs are what bothers you, you can always read this one.
Thank us later.
2. Comfortable And Cozy.
Aside from the durability issue mentioned above, there is another significant difference between John's and Justin's household needs.
John needs a different type of mattress/sofa/kitchen chairs, etc., than Justin's.
For Justin, the guideline is Efficiency. For John, it's a Convenience. After all, he is older and needs to care more for his health & comfort, so his search for home products/furniture will be slightly different. One that prioritizes the issue of comfort and physical fit.
Our recommendation for retirees is a focused search of home products after in-depth market research that will help you get through your daily home routine with more physical comfort. Stuff like Age-appropriate orthopedic products will help a lot.
After thoroughly understanding your needs, You should address them by making wise and laser-focused purchases.
Comfort is key
You are no longer as young as you used to be. Your body needs to adapt. Help him do so by furnishing and decorating your house accordingly. It would greatly help you with preparing your home for retirement.
Perhaps the most critical issue in this article is safety.
There is a huge difference! Between Justin's (almost non-existent) safety challenges and John's.
The issue of home safety for older people is well known and requires the utmost attention and care.
Slips and falls due to poor posture.
A possible solution is placing home safety railings in spaces with an increased risk of falling/slipping, such as bathtubs and stairs. There are many excellent safety accessories. Check out this product, for example.
Hearing/Vision/Collision with objects - due to the low level of 'sharpness' sense.
A possible solution is creating a more prominent home space with visual aids to alert and prevent such a collision.
Poor coping with extreme cases - due to lack of speed to escape quickly from dangerous situations like fire.
Possible solution - Emergency sensors that can help with massive noise forcing older adults to leave their houses. Those sensors will provide them with the early advantage they so desperately need. Check out this excellent article regarding a wide range of danger sensors for seniors.
Suffocation - due to poor swallowing abilities.
A possible solution is buying food that is not too difficult to swallow. Moreover, it would be great if small water tanks (with cups) will be placed in an accessible manner throughout the house in case of poor swallowing.
A Possible solution - here, too, sensors will significantly help these seniors in such cases. Their condition will immeasurably improve if they can call for immediate help. Moreover, cameras that record and broadcast live to their family members would also be a great idea. Here, you can get some more information on the subject.
Safety comes first
The guiding principle is this one:
The retiring person's home design and furnishing must be such that safety considerations will be prioritized.
Doing so will help a lot with preparing your home for retirement.
4. Simple Maintenance.
The simpler your home maintenance is, the more your daily routine will be accordingly.
Our last tip is crucial on the one hand but relatively straightforward on the other - One that leaves most of the responsibility for understanding how to fulfill it - In your hands.
It would be best if you establish a home space whose maintenance is as simple as possible.
It is essential to understand that in many ways/aspects, the retiring person is different from a young person at the peak of his power. And even though he has more free time, it may be challenging (physically) for him to fix things around his own house.
Therefore, we recommend creating a home environment with daily maintenance that is as light as possible.
You can do this by using accessories/furniture that are more "Simple" to use and maintain, more like IKEA, than giant sophisticated and heavy retro furniture, characterized by their similarity to the previous generation's furniture types.
It would be best if you kept it simple.
Indeed, the old ones (furniture/appliances and more) were more durable. Still, there is no doubt the investment in their maintenance is more complex and time-consuming and apparently not entirely suitable for an older person. So, regarding the cost-benefit ratio test, it's true that the lifespan of modern accessories/home products will most likely be shorter. Still, they are much less complex to maintain, And that is what we are trying to achieve.
Just ask yourself: "After all, I am not a young person anymore. How do I make repairing and maintaining things around my home simpler and easier, thus making my home life at retirement easier?"
Create a simple home environment to maintain
Invest some thought into it; we're sure you'll find more suitable and relevant examples.
We sincerely hope this article - 'Prepare Your Home For Retirement' - will help you handle this issue properly. And if you have any more questions on the matter, please feel free to reach out.
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