Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tees Buyers Looking for Easy-Life Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tees Buyers Looking for Easy-Life Future

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Byline: By JEZ DAVISON

TEES Valley housebuilders are at the forefront of a new trend in "future-proofed" homes for the elderly as a new survey revealed 29% of Britons would pay up to pounds 10,000 extra to buy a house that had been specially adapted for their old age.

According to the survey, published by DIY chain B&Q and conducted by ICM Research, 11% of homeowners would pay up to pounds 15,000 extra, while nine out of 10 said they wanted to stay in their own home for the rest of their lives.

Meanwhile, 27% admitted they feared being forced into a care home as they got older, with 48% saying they could not think of anything worse.

Already homes specially adapted to include kitchen units that can be lowered or raised, level access showers, wiring for the fitting of warden alarms and strengthened ceiling joists to allow lifts and hoists to be fitted later, are springing up. Many developments include bolt-on, easy access community facilities, such as shops, hairdressers and cafes. …

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