Pennsylvania Couple Places Winning Bid on Custom Built Aging-in-Place House

Updated on September 19, 2020

With the proper foresight and resources, you can plan to remain living in your own home by utilizing the services of a home modification company.

While many senior homeowners will choose to remodel their current houses, some (if finances permit) may even decide to purchase a new home that has been custom-modified for their aging-in-place needs.

This month, Elmer Shaffer of North Whitehall Township (near Allentown, Pa.), was the top bidder for an age-in-place, auction home in Schnecksville, Pa., that was built by students from the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

His winning bid of $344,000 made him and his wife the proud and excited owners of the one-story house that was specifically designed to accommodate people as they grow older. For example, the new residence offers wider halls, a wheelchair accessible shower, and cabinets that are easier to reach.

Shaffer, 74, explained that it was his wife’s idea to move, and that even though he was happy about where they are living now, she was always looking to the future.

Although he noted that neither of them has any trouble climbing the stairs right now, Shaffer also concluded, “Who knows if that will be the case 10 years from now.”

Depending on your financial situation (savings, assets, etc.), you should determine exactly what types of home modifications you need, and which ones you will be able to afford.

A full-service company like Home Evolutions can help seniors and persons with disabilities through all the stages of proper assessment, planning, design, modification, building, and even the maintenance of their homes in order to allow them to continue living safely, independently, and comfortably in place. This also includes helping you to determine the most cost-effective and cost-affordable plan of action that is right for you.

What proactive and financial steps can you take now to plan for an aging-in-place future?


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