Prepare your home for retirement.
And here we are again at Sweet blog, the sweetest blog online, and today, our article is Mainly for the older members of our community.
The younger ones are obviously also more than welcome to read, but when it comes to the practical level, as mentioned above, the target audience is a bit different.
Our topic for today is how to best prepare your home for retirement.
As you all know, there comes a time when every person retires. Usually, it is about retiring from work.
Retirement brings with it particular challenges. And those Challenges are manifested, even in at the retiree's house.
After all, the needs of a 30-year-old healthy person, who spends most of his time at work or home, are pretty different from those of a person who is twice his age and who spends most of his time at home.
And those needs should receive an adequate response within the house.
In this article, we will review this issue in a way that will give you the right tools to help you Prepare your home for retirement.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
1. Prepare yourself for an extended stay.
The classic 30-year-old, let's call him Justin from now on, is at work most of the time.
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 in John's case.
'So what do we do?' you might ask.
First and foremost, John must organize his house to be more prepared and adapted for an extended stay.
His home products and furniture intended for short-term use must be replaced with those 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 decides to go to sleep, so the material from which the sofa is made is not supposed to be very durable. On the other hand, his usage time is much longer than Justin's.
These are things that should be taken into account.
It's 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.
Let's assume the faucet in the bath was made from Worn material. And now, following John's retirement, and his increased stay within his home, its use might be more frequent, and to avoid unfortunate mishaps, it is worth replacing it with one made of more durable material.
As mentioned, this is just one example, but the guiding principle is pretty straightforward. Jhon must create a home environment that will allow him for more frequent and comfortable everyday use because, 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 preparation of your home for retirement.
Good quality = durability
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 an older person who needs to care more for his health and comfort, so his search for home products 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 day in more physical comfort.
Age-appropriate orthopedic products will help you a lot.
Once you understand your needs, You should address them by making wise purchases.
Comfort is key
You are no longer as young as you used to be. Your body needs to adapt. Help him do this by furnishing and decorating your house accordingly.
Perhaps the most critical issue in this article is the issue of safety.
There is a huge difference! Between Justin's (almost non-existent) safety challenges in his home and John's.
The issue of home safety for the elderly is well known and requires the utmost attention and care.
Slips and falls due to poor posture. A possible solution is home safety railings placed in places with an increased risk of falling or slipping, such as bathtubs and stairs. There are many excellent safety accessories. Check out this product, for example.
Hearing/Vision and more. Collision with objects - due to the low level of sharpness of the senses. A possible solution is to create 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 the massive noise that will wake the elderly to leave the house. Those sensors will give them the early advantage they need. Check out this excellent article regarding a wide range of danger sensors for seniors.
Choking on food - due to less quality swallowing abilities. A possible solution is to buy food that is not too difficult to swallow. Moreover, small water tanks (with cups) are available throughout the house in case of poor swallowing.
Crime and abuse - Unfortunately, an older person's ability to deal with those who want to harm him within his home is much inferior to that of a young person. Possible solution - here, too, sensors will help a lot in such cases. When those adults call for help immediately, their condition will improve immeasurably. Moreover, even cameras that record live to their family members are a great idea.
Safety comes first
You can Read this for more information on the subject. The guiding principle is that the design and furnishing of the retiring person's home must be such that safety considerations will be prioritized.
4. Simple maintenance.
The simpler your home maintenance is, the more your daily routine will be accordingly.
Our last tip in this article is crucial on the one hand but quite abstract on the other, and one that leaves most of the responsibility for understanding the ways to do it - in your hands.
We are talking about establishing a home space whose maintenance is as simple as possible.
It is essential to understand that 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 house.
Therefore, we recommend creating a home environment with daily maintenance as light as possible.
You can do this by using accessories and furniture that are more "simple" to use and maintain, more like IKEA, than giant sophisticated and heavy retro furniture, which characterizes the types of furniture of the previous generation.
Indeed, the old ones (furniture/appliances and more) were more durable. But there is no doubt that the investment in their maintenance is more complex and challenging and apparently Not entirely suitable for an older person. So in the cost-benefit test, it is true that the lifespan of modern accessories/home products will be shorter, but it will become less complex to maintain, And that is what we are trying to achieve.
There are many ideas for expanding the practical expression to create a simpler home environment. As mentioned at the beginning of the paragraph, it is an abstract idea that only you will know best the most suitable ways to implement within your home.
Ask yourself the question - "After all, I am not a young person anymore. How do I make the repair and maintenance of things around my home simpler and easier, thus making my home life at retirement easier?"
Create a simple home environment to maintain
Invest a little thought into it, and we're sure you'll find more good and relevant examples.
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