Oftentimes, family members with limited ability are given very few living options, and it’s rare that residing at home is one of them. Many people resort to moving to an assisted living facility, where they can be assured that relatives will be properly cared for. But these facilities don’t always have the most ideal environments, and they can cause emotional distress if there is any kind of employee misconduct regarding patient care. But there’s a solution–in-law suites are perfect for any family members who wish to have independence, but also the safety of their family and home. Read on to find out if you should build one with your custom home.
What exactly is an in-law suite?
In-law suites are usually separate areas of the home–attached or unattached–that are appropriate for living. They usually come with their own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. It gives a distinct sense of privacy, because while it is on the same property, it isn’t directly connected to the rest of the home. It also feels a bit like an apartment because of how functional it is by itself. This, in turn, makes it incredibly desirable for someone who wants to live safely and comfortably in their own home, regardless of their need for accessibility assistance.
What should you consider before putting it into the floor plan?
There is also the possibility of renting out the space. Renting out an area of your home must mean that it complies with your area’s zoning restrictions. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with housing a family member there, free of charge. But also, consider the value of your home; is there enough room? Can you still have a spacious backyard, even with the addition? Always be sure to check before you build.
So, why should you build one?
For those who require a comfortable yet accessible living situation, an in-law suite is probably their best choice. Here, they’ll be safe from potential abuse and neglect from assisted living facility employees, which is a very real problem. Overwhelmingly, the elderly wish to live in their own home after retirement. Robin Ford is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) builder–this means we’re skilled at creating homes and in-law suites which are completely accessible to family members who want to continue living at home for years to come, regardless of circumstance. It also allows for you to refrain from modifying the rest of your home to be accessible (wheelchair access, extra handrails, wider door frames, etc.). And while you’ll both have your independence, you’ll also know that your family member can live safely, and is in reach if something goes wrong. No more long drives to assisted living facilities, either–it’s so much easier when they’re right around the corner.
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