In early 2015, the Age Friendly Berkshires county survey was conducted and almost 2,500 responses were received from adults age 50 and over who described their experiences living in Berkshire County. Overwhelmingly, respondents indicated that they wanted to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible, or if that was not possible to live in/near their present community. Additionally, many older adults reported that they lived in homes that lacked age friendly and accessible features, and that they anticipated they would have to invest in these features to remain in their own homes.
A guide to assess and plan for residential renovations was created to allow older people to age independently, safely, and comfortably in their own home. The workbook and video are available attached and also on Age-friendly Berkshires here. The workbook is geared to homeowners wishing to conduct a self-assessment of their home property, through an age-friendly lens. There is no special skill needed to conduct the home assessment – the workbook is meant to be used with a pencil or pen, where a homeowner can make notes of areas of their home that need improvement. Then, homeowners can work with local home improvement contractors for more complicated changes (like adding grab bars in the bath or changing the height of kitchen counters) to estimate the cost of making the desired improvement. Some improvements, like adding additional lighting, changing the drawer pulls to a more comfortable type, or removing clutter to prevent tripping hazards, are low or no-cost strategies that any homeowner can achieve.
Main target group: Older people in general
Other target group(s): Homeowners of any age, interested in safely aging in place
Other sector(s): Landlords of multi-family properties who house older adults
Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs
- Ageing in place
Name: McDonough, Peg
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.orgPreferred language(s): English