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Subject: Re: Housing for Retirement? Date: 5/20/2007 7:19 PM
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What would you want in a retirement house?

Much of what I have now, just less of it.

First criteria is master bedroom/bath on first floor.
Did not realize how fortunate that was until DH had
hip replacement surgery. There's no way he could've
managed stairs during his recovery.

What I wish was that we had a walk-in shower stall
instead of tub/shower combo. Once infirm (even temporarily)
stepping into and out of a tub becomes dangerous.

Easy fixes: replace all doorknobs with door levers.
Knobs are difficult for arthritic hands to turn, and the
levers are more attractive, IMO.

A freezer-on-bottom fridge. 90% of fridge searching is mostly
at eye level.

I have a front-loader washer and love it. My ideal would be
to have it and the dryer placed on a 12" platform to eliminate
having to stoop so low. Easy to do if you're handy, I guess.

No carpeting other than the bedroom. Vacuuming is a back-breaker.
Swiping a damp mop over wood floors is much easier. (Can you tell
I have a bad back?) I even have oak flooring in my kitchen and
just use washable throw rugs in front of sink and food prep areas.

Wish list:

Two half-units of dishwashers - one on each side of sink. Again,
no stooping to load and empty!

A lot less yard to maintain.

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