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Are you searching for a new home plan? Do you want to be able to build the plan from scratch so it meets your specific needs as a senior? This is often a wise way to go, as you’ll be able to choose a plan that not only works for your needs right now but moving forward. But what exactly are the best things to look for when choosing that “perfect” plan as a senior? Are there any tips, must-haves, or advice that can help you in the process? 

One thing that can help is to look at small and large care homes and take a look at some of the inclusions, additions, and changes they have made that make it ideal for the seniors living there. Here are some of the top tips you can learn from these homes. 

Choose a One-Level Home 

This first tip is easily one of the most important takeaways from care homes. Residents are sometimes faced with having to go up and down stairs multiple times a day and they would rather they have everything they need on one floor. While you may have no problem with mobility at the moment, that’s not to say that it will be the case save five, 10, even 15 years down the road. 

Can You Update the Plan to Include Ramps for Accessibility? 

If you already have mobility issues and use a wheelchair or walker, you will want to choose a house that allows for ramps to be built outside so it is accessible. This will obviously make getting in and out of the house much easier, and this is a standard feature in all care homes. 

Keep Utility Costs in Check 

If you have chosen a floor plan that is large, multi-level or has high-ceilings then your utilities are bound to be higher than a smaller more compact space. During your retirement years, you will most likely be on a fixed income, so you want to find ways to keep those utility costs in check. That doesn’t mean you have to downsize your floor plan, instead, you can again use the same technique of these large and small care homes and get comparison quotes for your gas and electricity. 

Care homes are known for using the website Utility Bidder for comparison quotes on care home gas and electricity. Rather than just opt for the first provider they come across, they do some comparison shopping. This is a tip you can use too. 

Choose a Floorplan with Wide Halls and Large Bathrooms 

You may have noticed walking through the various care homes that they tend to have very wide hallways and bathrooms. The reason for this is it allows people in wheelchairs and with walkers to easily get around without bumping into walls. If this is something you foresee yourself needing in the future, choose a floorplan that offers these features. 

Thinking Ahead to What Will Make Life Easier 

Choosing that ideal house plan as a senior really involves thinking ahead, and considering all potential issues that may occur in the future.