Aging in place is defined as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level”. It is a design concept that stresses long-term planning and is especially geared towards the elderly. It is becoming increasingly popular, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that, by 2029, more than 20% of the U.S. population will be over the retirement age.
Window Design Factors That Facilitate Aging in Place
With more and more senior citizens preferring to stay in their own homes as opposed to moving to a retirement facility, aging-in-place designs have become increasingly popular, especially for replacement windows. If you are looking to replace your windows so that they are more elderly friendly, here are some factors that you need to consider.
Low maintenance: If the budget isn’t a concern, you can consider installing fiberglass frames that are incredibly durable and require virtually no maintenance over the window’s entire lifespan. If you are looking for a more affordable option, then vinyl windows also require very little maintenance for upkeep. Vinyl windows are also widely available and are, in fact, one of the most popular window options available in the market today.
Ease of operation: Since many of our seniors have mobility issues, it is important to purchase windows that are easy to operate. Sliding windows that glide along tracks or window designs that have a simple push-and-pull function are best.
Privacy: This is also something that many elderly folks consider when it comes to windows. There is a wide array of options, including frosted glass, patterned windows and privacy films. If you want something more high-tech, there are smart windows available that can be easily be dimmed with the use of a remote to limit the view from outside.
We at Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio love and cherish our seniors, and we want them to have the best windows possible. If you are looking for windows that will keep you comfortable in your old age, be sure to give us a call at (419) 931-6970, or fill out our contact form to get in touch with one of our specialists. We serve clients in and around Toledo, OH.