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Aging in Place

October 2, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Planning for aging in place helps you to stay in your own home and community as you get older. Your home may be suitable for aging in place with some modifications. You might also prefer downsizing to a smaller home closer to services and activities.

Think about how your housing needs may change as you age. Many seniors choose to downsize, find a home with few stairs, find a more affordable home, choose a lower-maintenance home, or live closer to shops and transportation. These choices can help people age in place for as long as possible.

The BC government funds community-based, non-medical home support services, such as light housekeeping and transportation, in communities across the province to help seniors age in place.

Here are some tips to help you meet your future housing needs.

  • See if your current home is suitable for the future
    Use a guide to assess your home for aging in place, learn about services to help you stay in your current home, and consider alternative housing options.
  • Apply for a BC Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit
    This credit can help with home modifications. Seniors or a family member living with a senior can claim the credit whether they own or rent.
  • Get help making changes to your home
    The Home Adaptations for Independence program provides financial assistance to lower-income seniors and people with disabilities. Changes to your home can help you continue living there if your needs change.
  • Estimate housing costs in retirement
    Use a budget worksheet to estimate the cost to maintain your home and plan for future expenses.  If you will be living on a fixed income, check the affordability of your current home, especially if unexpected costs occur (e.g. repairs, yard maintenance, or the full cost of rent or home ownership if widowed/divorced).

Did You Know?
Better at Home programs offer a range of non-medical home support services, including minor home repairs and light yard work.

SAFERHome is a non-profit organization funded by the provincial government which certifies new homes according to a 19-point standard to help homeowners to age-in-place and live healthier lives.

Resources & Links:

BC Housing: Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters
BC Provincial Government: Annual Property Taxes


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