There's an upswing in senior citizens who are downsizing to tiny homes. If you've watched shows on these small houses, they're small but well-equipped homes that usually are no larger than 400 square feet. Here's a look at why seniors are making the move.
The Homes Cost Less to Maintain
Tiny homes are smaller and usually very well insulated. Heating and cooling bills are lower than they'd be in a traditional home. The smaller appliances also use less electricity and can cut electricity bills. For a tiny home that is equipped with solar panels, there may not be an electricity bill to pay.
Less Space to Clean
When you have a large home, there's a lot of space you can fill. With a tiny home, you are forced to scale down your possessions. You don't have room for excess clothing and shoes, rarely used small appliances, or furniture. You bring what you need to live and sell or donate items you don't need.
This makes it easier to keep the home clean. With less square footage, there's less area to dust, vacuum, and scrub. More time is spent relaxing and enjoying retirement than keeping up with household chores.
Custom Designs Make it Possible to Design a Home Around Specific Needs
Not every tiny home is going to accommodate someone with mobility issues, but a custom-design tiny home can address some aspects of senior living. If your mom or dad requires a wheelchair, LineSync Architecture in Vermont came up with a tiny home that accommodates a wheelchair user with one-level living and an ADA-compliant bathroom.
Eases Debt and Gets Rid of a Mortgage
Tiny homes are more affordable than traditional houses. In many states, you'll find them for less than $60,000. For a senior citizen, buying a tiny home frees up cash to pay off any debt and have money tucked away for home care services. For seniors who still have a mortgage, a tiny home allows them to become mortgage-free.
Home care is rarely covered by health insurance. Unless a senior took out a long-term care life insurance policy, caregivers are paid for out-of-pocket. Seniors end up needing some level of assistance and struggle to find the money to pay for it. Tiny homes make it possible to tuck away cash without having to look at reverse mortgage loans.
With less debt and lower bills, paying for home care services is easier. Your mom or dad can have a caregiver on hand as often as needed to help with daily activities of living. Learn more about the benefits of home care by contacting an agency today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Columbus, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.