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Living comfortably: is your home fit for the future?
Living comfortably: is your home fit for the future?

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Living as it suits you: When the youngsters fled, many put their home to the test.

The desire to have your own four walls often grows with the children. But when the dream comes true, the youngsters almost think of moving out again. Home claims are changing again.

Fit for the future

Children's rooms and old furniture give way to more comfort and higher quality equipment. As part of this, far-sighted owners prepare the home for old age. After all, the majority want to live in the house or apartment without help, according to a TNS Emnid survey among tenants and owners aged 50 and over. Seniors often have a great need for security that modern smart home technology serves. An elevator can improve your mobility, and wall openings also guarantee more freedom of movement. And ergonomic furniture is comfortable.

Thinking ahead

The best measure: already plan a new building so that it easily adapts to the curriculum vitae. A guide from the Association of Private Builders will help you: "Build and renovate: barrier-free and age-appropriate", 66 pages, 5 euros + shipping here.

Check 1: Is the situation correct?

Equipment, environment and Co: Does the house still meet your needs? Yes No
Is your property level? Does it live up to your ideal? Yes No
Can you drive to the house by car? Yes No

Check 2: Is the outdoor area optimally designed?

Is the entrance area secured, e.g. with an intercom? Yes No
Are the entrances to the house, garden etc. built without thresholds? Yes No
Is the mailbox mounted weatherproof and close to the front door? Yes No
Are the access routes flat, without a trip hazard, but not slippery? Yes No
Is the outside lighting sufficient? Is it equipped with motion detectors? Yes No
Can the garden lighting be controlled from the house? Yes No
Does the garage have an electrically operated gate? Yes No

Check 3: Are the rooms barrier-free?

Can the house be redesigned according to age? Can living and sleeping areas, for example, be combined (using a sliding door)? Yes No
Are the stairs straight and without protruding steps? Are there handrails and the possibility of installing a (stair) lift? Yes No
Are the most important rooms accessible without thresholds? Yes No
Do doors have a minimum width of 90 cm? Yes No
Are the controls, light switches and door handles not higher than 85 cm? Yes No
Do doors (e.g. from the toilet) open to the larger room, or do you have sufficient space behind all the doors? Yes No
Do you have enough freedom of movement in the rooms? 1.5 x 1.5 meters of space in front of furniture and sanitary objects are enough to turn a wheelchair. Yes No
Are cabinets and worktops in the kitchen tailored to your size and seat height? Yes No
Do your kitchen appliances have a remote control and timers and the stove have an automatic switch-off? Yes No
Is the wash basin accessible? Yes No
Is there a floor-level shower with a non-slip floor (or can be retrofitted)? Yes No
Are all floors flat, threshold-free and the surfaces non-slip? Yes No

Sources: VPB guide "Building and converting: barrier-free and age-appropriate" / DAS HAUS

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