ADUs for Age-in-Place

By Samuel Schneider

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02.28.2021

ADUs for Age-in-place

Are your parents or in-laws getting older and needing more help with daily tasks? Build an ADU on your property and move them in! ADUs make great homes for older adults, as their compact design makes them easier to navigate and maintain. In fact, more and more aging Americans are choosing to downsize into backyard ADUs. Here are some of the benefits of building a granny flat for the beloved elders in your life.

Intergenerational Living

Having your parents close by means you can spend treasured quality time with them during their golden years. It just might help them live longer, too: older adults are at higher risk for social isolation and loneliness, which can have a serious impact on their health. Having frequent interactions with family members makes older adults feel more connected and valued, which in turn reduces stress and makes them happier. Building an in-law unit for your aging parents means they can develop a closer relationship with their children and grandchildren, and you can breathe easy knowing they’re safe and close by. If your beloved older relatives can’t live alone anymore but don’t want to move into assisted living, an in-law unit in your backyard might just be the ideal option.

Save Money Now, Make Money Later

If you’re considering moving your parents into an assisted living facility, you might want to consider an ADU instead. Though it costs more up front, you’ll save money in the long run. The total cost of building an ADU is less than two years’ worth of payments for the average assisted living facility in Los Angeles County. And if your parents or in-laws ever decide to move out, you can rent out the ADU for some reliable passive income. You'll reap even more benefits when it’s time to sell your home, as an ADU increases your property’s value by an average of 18%! It also makes your home more attractive to potential buyers, who appreciate the income potential of renting out an additional dwelling unit.

ADUs are Perfect for Aging-in-place

You might be asking yourself, “What makes ADUs so good for the elderly?” It all comes down to the design. Many aging adults live in large multi-story houses, which are difficult to navigate and put their occupants at risk for falls. With their open floor plan and single-story design, ADUs make ideal housing options for older people. Plus, new-build allows for the addition of extra lighting, padded & non-slip surfaces, and built-in technology. But not all ADUs are created equal, and you want to make sure the folks designing yours know what they’re doing. Like Homestead.

Industry leading experts

At Homestead, we work closely with experts from the National Institute of Aging, The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, and USC’s School of Gerontology to ensure that our ADUs are designed with seniors’ health, safety, and comfort in mind. Every aspect of the design is carefully chosen for optimal mobility and safety, from strategically placed handrails to non-slip surfaces. And each Homestead ADU is custom designed to meet the occupant’s specific needs. The best part is, Homestead takes care of everything so you don’t have to worry about filing permits or hiring a contractor. And our price guarantee means no unhappy surprises. When you hire Homestead to design and build your granny flat, you know your folks are getting the very best. Click here for a free consultation.

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About The Author

Sam is a graduate of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. He became fascinated with ADUs in 2017 when he realized that they were the fastest solution to California's housing crisis. Now, Sam is focused on helping Los Angeles homeowners add ADUs through his work with Homestead.
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