Where we age can be complicated.
Do we stay at home and modify our current surrounding to eliminate steps and other tripping hazards?
Do we move into an assisted living facility where someone can look after us?
Or do we create a new living space on the property of a loved one where we can age within close proximity of those who are for us?
When it comes to reimagining home, many cities are allowing Accessory Dwelling Units in their communities.
ADUs can be created by modifying the interior of an existing home to create a self-contained living unit; an addition can be built onto an existing single-family home; an existing garage or barn can be converted into a living unit or a second living unit can be built on the same grounds as the main single-family home.
The 2015 Fayette County Housing Demand Study reports that a significant growth in housing needs between 2015-2016 will be for the aging seniors. While most people may wish to remain in their own home as they age, health circumstances may require some form of assistance from time to time.
The Senior Services Commission has partnered with AARP and the Lexington Division of Planning to draft a manual to initiate conversations about ADU design, community resources and the benefits that ADUs can bring to our city.
What do you think about how ADUs might fit into the context of existing neighborhoods and what resources are needed to help ADUs be successful in our community?
Come share your thoughts and ideas from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane.
For more information, check out the ADU manual, “Homeowner’s Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units” at agefriendlylexington.org