One-story homes are better for the elderly for a host of reasons…
Health is a primary reason. As people age, many can develop knee or hip issues, arthritis and other aches and pains, making it hard or even impossible to climb stairs. Seniors who have COPD, emphysema or other breathing issues, may also have great difficulty with stairs…and, if those seniors require oxygen, carting a tank up and down a flight of stairs could be extremely problematic for a senior.
Stairs are also annoying when you just want a glass of ice water or a snack in the middle of the night. They make laundry an even bigger chore, and lugging a vacuum up and down stairs is not a barrel of monkeys either. That actually goes for all of us – not just seniors.
In fact, there are a bunch of reasons that anyone may prefer a one-story home to a two-story. Sound travels, especially between floors, so if you have a two-story house, it may be difficult for a person to sleep upstairs while the television is on downstairs. One-story homes offer an easier escape in case of a fire, and they are more cost-effective to heat and cool. And if we go back to the issue of stairs, children can just as easily slip and fall as a senior. It is also said that if stairs face your front door, that is just a big bunch of bad fen shui.
Money is as good a reason as any, and it also plays a big part here. In most suburban areas, especially places like Florida where there is a large senior population, one-stories have great resale value because you are not limiting yourself to a non-senior market. And that, my friends, is one good story!