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7 Benefits of Having an ADU For the Elderly

Learn all about the benefits your elderly loved ones can enjoy if you have an ADU

Have you been considering making an addition to your home? How about some form of accessory housing unit, like a granny flat? 

Granny flats are a great addition to any home that needs a little more space. They help you, they help your family, and they help your elderly loved ones. 

Not ready to take the leap? Still not sure whether or not a granny floor is a right choice for your home? We’d like to assist you in making your choice. 

Read on for some of the top reasons why you should build a granny flat on your property.

  1. A reduced need for expensive elder care 

As our loved one’s age, they may begin to need extra care and support. Aging often results in a loss of strength and mobility and a general decline in health. This leads many seniors to choose to move into nursing homes or residential care. 

While this may still become a necessity in the event of illness or the need for memory care, having elderly loved ones on your property means they may not need such care any longer (if at all).  

You and your family can provide some forms of assistance to your loved one, and you can invest in professional home care for the things you can’t do. You can monitor this home care to make sure it suits your loved one. 

2. No more vacation trips 

Do you have elderly relatives who live far away from you? Travelling can be difficult, no matter who is doing it. Flights and long car rides are often a challenge for seniors, and if you have children, they can be a challenge for you, too. 

Making the trip may not seem worth it, leaving you and your family members at a distance for the holidays. 

This will not be the case if you have a granny flat. Your older loved ones will never have to miss another Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, or Mother’s Day again. 

3. Keep your loved ones safe 

Safety is one of the features of nursing home care. Our older loved ones are at greater risk of falls and unexpected health events than the rest of us, so this safety is important.

If your elderly loved one doesn’t live nearby, it’s easy to feel anxious about their well-being. You can ensure their safety at home.  

Having a granny flat allows you to visit your loved one as often as you like (within reason). This will help ease your anxieties and allow you to spot any emergencies as soon as possible. 

4. Children can always see their grandparents 

Did you realize that bringing your children up in the midst of their grandparents has scientific benefits? 

The robust support structure that comes with having a larger family unit benefits child. They also develop stronger senses of self and identity through intergenerational awareness. 

However, this living arrangement does not only benefit children. Grandparents who live near their grandchildren may live longer. They are given a renewed sense of purpose (something some older people struggle with) and tend to lead more active lifestyles. 

5. Keep a comfortable environment 

While residential care homes have benefits, they won’t necessarily be comfortable. Some of them are sterile and look more like medical centers or empty apartments than houses. Even the nicest ones may have all the luxuries of home, but they won’t have that “special touch” that a real home provides. 

There is something special about being close to the family that gives us comfort. With a granny flat, you are providing a true home for your elderly loved ones that they can decorate and use as they please. They are not under the constant surveillance of attendees. 

Even if your loved one hasn’t opted for a nursing home, they may not feel comfortable living on their own. Loneliness in older people is a real problem. So they will feel more comfortable when they are surrounded by their family.

6. Meeting specific needs 

Are there any special requirements for your senior loved one because of their limitations? If your older loved one is limited by hearing, vision, mobility, or anything else, you can create their auxiliary living space just for them. 

People in wheelchairs can have ramps installed at their entrances and larger, more accessible living spaces. People who are hard of hearing can benefit from special intermittent chimes, and people who are visually impaired can benefit from more sensory objects and railings to help them move around the house. 

You can include all these things when you can get your granny flat custom-made. 

7. Sufficient independence 

Not all older people are comfortable with the idea of giving up their independence. Even if they need more help than they’d like to admit, the thought of living in a nursing home, or even at home, can make them feel old.

A granny flat can help with that. They get their own living space without taking over yours. They can cook their own meals, invite friends and follow their own routines without getting tangled up with the rest of the day-to-day life of the family. 

Your loved ones get the benefit of independence and the security of having loved ones close by. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

Build a granny flat today 

A granny flat is a great addition to any home. Your elderly loved one will appreciate your efforts to improve his or her life, and you’ll have the peace of mind and comfort of having them around. 

If you’re interested in adding a granny flat to your home, we at Done Right Home Remodeling want to help. We want to build for you and your loved one the accessory dwelling unit of your dreams.

The next thing to consider is what type of ADU to build. There are two types of ADUs: connected and disconnected. The latter is the most popular type.  

However, it still depends on your property. Contact remodelingcontractor in Santa Clara Done Right Home Remodeling today. We will help you decide whether or not ADU is a good option.  

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