Aging in place is exactly what it sounds like: continuing to live in your own home as you age without downsizing, moving to a Life Plan community or a retirement home, or relocating to live with family.
Most people prefer to stay in their homes as they age, and so many people have been already “aging in place” without knowing it. But as the types of living options for seniors have increased, people are looking at aging in place in a more proactive way.
You’ve built years, perhaps decades, of memories in your home and it only makes sense that you’d want to continue that as you grow older. But instead of just looking back, people are now looking ahead as well and planning for what their home needs to become in order to facilitate an easy transition into the homeowner’s later years. To really age in place smoothly, two factors need to be working together, and they shouldn’t come as a surprise. You and your house need to be, and continue to be, in sync.
How to Age in Place
A lot goes into running a home, as you well know. Upkeep, cleaning, organization, finances, and maintenance are not going to take care of themselves, and as we age aspects of these things can become more difficult. It’s relatively simple to hire a neighborhood high schooler to mow the lawn, rake the leaves, and shovel the snow. There are plenty of services that will take care of cleaning, laundry, and even deliver your groceries. With a bit of planning, everything that needs to get done around your home will be taken care of, but you’ll be managing it instead of doing all the work.
Preparing Your Home for Aging in Place
Single Floor Living
The biggest consideration for many people deciding whether or not they can age in place in their current home is whether it allows for single floor living. If all the bedrooms are upstairs, is there an office or den that can be converted into a bedroom? What about bathtubs? Showers won’t always be the best option and powder rooms lack the size to be converted to a fully functional bathroom. It may seem like a major remodeling project, but consider the expense of putting a lift or an elevator in your home when the time comes.
Entrances Without Steps
This is a minor change for most homes that many don’t think of until they need it. But were you or your spouse ever to need a wheelchair, either after a procedure or for a longer period of time, having entrances that are wheelchair accessible becomes highly important. And don’t stop renovating at the front door; interior thresholds can often have sills that would trip up a walker or a wheelchair.
The modifications needed to make a home wheelchair accessible don’t stop at the entrances, though. Many old houses here in New Hampshire have narrow hallways and door frames that need to be expanded to allow passage to a wheelchair.
Smaller modifications are also important. Two important ones are light switches and power outlets that are more easily accessible, along with lever-style door handles as opposed to knobs.
While aging in place might seem like it requires a lot of preparation, for many people the work is worth the end result. The chance to stay in your own home can outweigh the convenience, ease, and support of becoming a resident at a Life Plan community. Our At Home By Hunt program works especially well for people looking to age in place in their own homes. This Life Plan Program offers the same type of support that our Life Plan Communities offer but all in your own home.
Are you curious to learn more about what At Home By Hunt has to offer? Contact us here.
Planning Your Fall Adventure: Places to Visit in New Hampshire
Life doesn’t get much better than New Hampshire in the fall. Hickory, maple, and mountain ash trees are bursting with red, yellow, and orange, and the air turns crisp and cool—the perfect temperature for heading outdoors.
New Hampshire stirs with life in the fall, with foliage tours, cultural and agricultural festivals, and more fun activities than one person could ever tackle in a single season.
With so much happening, it’s hard to decide where to begin in planning your fall trips. Where should you go? What should you do? And when’s the best time to schedule the trip?
At Silverstone Living, we promote an active lifestyle, so we’d like to help you take the first steps in planning your fall trips, so you can enjoy the season in New Hampshire fall to the fullest.
Start Picking Dates Today
New Hampshire is a popular choice for fall adventures, so it’s no surprise that even small-town inns and B&Bs are filling with reservations. So if you’re planning to make this more than a day trip, or if there aren’t friends in the area to host you, book a room at a New Hampshire hotel at least 2-3 weeks beforehand.
Consider mid-week trips if you’ve retired or can take the time off work if your schedule allows it in order to beat the weekend crowds.
And don’t forget to follow the changing foliage! The trees will start to change the last week of September, with peak colors occurring in the White Mountains around October 7th and in southern New Hampshire around October 15th.
Try using New England Today’s Peak Fall Foliage Map to help schedule your trip.
Make Travel Part of the Fun
One of the easiest ways to take in the fall colors is to see them on the road, so consider making your route through New Hampshire a scenic one. Consider one of TripSavvy’s foliage drive suggestions.
If you don’t want to stress over driving, coach tours are also a great option for getting you to your destination via scenic routes.
And if you can fit in a trip between Meredith and Lakeport, NH, you should definitely consider the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. This tour provides great views of the lakes and forest, all from the comfort of your own seat on a restored ALCO diesel-electric train from the 1940s, with commuter coaches originally built in the 1930s for the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad.
Do What You Love
It seems obvious to do the activities you love on your trip, but with New Hampshire transitioning into fall colors, all your favorite leisure activities take on a new look and feel.
Enjoy golfing? Why not take in the foliage while playing a few holes at the Mountain View Grand Golf Course in Whitefield, NH, named one of the 10 Best Golf Courses for Leaf-Peeping by USA Today?
Or if you love leisure hikes, visit some of New Hampshire’s great trails or mountain paths, such as the four-mile Ridge Trail at Fox Forest, which takes you through maples, pines, hemlocks, and birch trees on your way to Mud Pond.
Or if you want to visit a quaint New Hampshire town for some great food and a view, visit Sugar Hill. The town not only overlooks the White Mountain National Forest, but is also home to the famous Polly’s Pancake Parlor and the Sugar Hill Sampler, which has a small museum and sells local foods, gifts, and quilts.
Check Out One of New Hampshire’s Many Fall Festivals
You’d really be missing out if you didn’t attend one of the many cultural and agricultural festivals happening in New Hampshire this fall. They’re a great chance for fun, whether you’re attending with a spouse, friend, or bringing children.
Perhaps the most established festival is The Deerfield Fair (Sept. 28 – Oct. 1), which will be in its 141st year. The fair offers horse and oxen pulling, games, amusement rides, giant pumpkins, and an assortment of fall foods.
There’s also Dover Apple Harvest Day (Oct. 7), which is the largest outdoor festival on the New Hampshire seacoast, with live entertainment and music as well as more than 400 artisans selling their crafts in downtown Dover, NH.
And if light displays appeal to you, check out RiverFire (Oct. 14) in Berlin, NH, where they decorate a bridge with more than a hundred candle-lit pumpkins, and upon nightfall, if you look down at the Androscoggin River, you’ll also see little fires floating on the water.
So Start Planning!
As you can see, there are a lot of activities, tours, and festivals to choose from. The most important thing is to start planning your fall trip now, so you don’t miss out on anything New Hampshire has to offer!
Hunt Community Renovations: 132 Years of Tradition
At Silverstone Living, we take pride in the balance we’ve struck between our 132 years of tradition and our pursuit of innovative service. What that means is that while we may modernize our communities, we also strive to preserve the history of where we came from.
That’s why throughout 2017, we’re excited to undertake a multi-million-dollar renovation at Hunt Community, a renovation that includes new facilities as well as the restoration and updating of our historical architecture. As of September 2017, many of these renovations are underway. Construction continues in the courtyard areas as we prepare for the addition of our new community area, which will eventually contain the new great room, theatre, and rooftop dining area. The new stair tower we are constructing to provide access to these facilities is also well underway. If you come visit us this month, you’ll also notice that the main entrance is under construction as we create a new lobby flow and repurpose some of the historical rooms at the front of the building, like the Mary Parlor, to be better suited to serve our residents.
Below, we provide a roadmap for all the renovations we’ll be undertaking this year. Throughout the process, we are offering construction pricing discounts that enable new residents to save as much as $20,000, now through November 30th, 2017. We’re expecting quite an influx of residents after the renovations are complete, but it’s the early bird that gets the worm, right? Call our team now for more information on this temporary pricing.
Welcome To A Revitalized Hunt Community
The changes will be apparent the moment you arrive at Hunt Community.
The front lawn will be newly landscaped and have additional walking paths. Plantings will be placed across the lawn. And overlooking everything will be the John Building, where Hunt Community started in 1885. These historical facades will be restored and accented with new porches, returning John Building to all its old grandiosity.
An Open Plan Layout the Moment You Walk In
Inside, you’ll find our lobby expanded and opened-up with a new, open-plan design. This expanded space will include a relocated reception area as well as a lounge for guests and residents alike, complete with a double-sided fireplace and an all-day coffee and refreshment bar.
You’ll discover similar, open-plan renovations in the apartments. In the coming months, we’ll continue removing unnecessary walls and obstructions, maximizing spaces and improving lighting to better match our residents’ lifestyles. Some apartments’ updates are even finished!
Enjoy The Many New Amenities
In addition to the lobby’s new coffee and refreshment bar, Hunt Community will be expanding and improving upon other amenities enjoyed by residents.
Take for example our resident library, which will be revamped with a gas fireplace, cherry millwork, and coffered ceilings, to provide the coziest location for reading.
There will also be a new 56-seat theater, with large windows and French doors. The theater will host events, presentations, and movie screenings—simply draw the shades and bring out the popcorn.
And of course, there’s the Great Room. This will be one of the largest additions, used for meetings and events, with two-story picture windows looking out to the courtyard. Atop the Great Room, there will also be a 1,000-square-foot terrace, complete with an outdoor dining area for residents and guests, protected from the sun by sail shades.
Renovations Are Already Underway
Hunt Community’s renovations will continue throughout 2017, and while we are excited for the changes, we are also doing everything we can to ensure that nothing infringes upon the hospitality promised to our residents.
But there are inevitable inconveniences in every construction process. That’s why through the end of November 2017, we are offering new resident credits worth $10,000 and $20,000. These will apply as long as you initiate your residency by January 31st.
For more information on becoming a member of Hunt Community, you can contact Mary Ann Trujillo at 603.821.1200. Private tours can always be arranged, and contact us for further construction updates.
Are you curious to learn more about what Hunt Community has to offer? Contact us here.