Due to modern health care and technology, people are living longer lives than ever before. This means that the number of elderly citizens will rise and proper accommodations for them will have to be considered. According to a report from the Census Board, in 2010, the number of people aged 65 and older was 40.3 million, comprising 13 percent of the overall population. Projections indicate that by 2015 the over-65 population will comprise 20.9 percent of the population.  

The rapidly aging population will definitely have an effect on the housing market and offers property owners opportunities to gain reliable tenants who are likelier to stay in the same place for a longer period than younger tenants. Renting to an older tenant helps owners reduce the hassle comes with constantly changing tenants and avoid voids in the year when no rental income is coming in.

Things the Elderly need in a Home
The elderly have specific wants and needs when it comes to their rental properties. The most important is that the property should be their home for the rest of their life and should be able to adapt to their needs as they change with age.

If the property has multiple levels, room for a stair lift is an adaptation that could be made to an elderly tenant’s rental property. Alternatively, having rooms on the ground-level that can be converted to a bedroom and bathroom will work well.

Larger rooms and doorways may be required for the elderly in case they will require a wheelchair in the future. Extra space to make accommodations for a caregiver or visiting family will also be a bonus. When it comes to the neighborhood of the property, a place where there is access to fantastic local transportation, stores, services, and their doctor is best. It is also important for them to have safety and security in the neighborhood.

Building New Properties for the Elderly
Most condominiums and houses have not been designed for the elderly and in some cases, redesigning can be difficult and expensive. If you are considering investing in a newly built rental property for the elderly population, the same precautions taken for other new-builds should be applied. In particular, research what the real property value will be and do not be taken in by the developer’s suggested headline price.

The Future
The elderly population is undoubtedly growing and they will be in search of homes that fit their requirements, whether it comes with adaptations or new homes that are built. They should also be built to the same standards that other properties meet. With such a large elderly population and specific housing needs, new opportunities in the housing market could be opened up by an aging society.