In a rapidly aging society, the concept of “aging in place” or “living in place” has gained significant attention. Many individuals are opting to remodel their homes to enhance mobility and independence, allowing them to stay in their familiar surroundings as they grow older. Here are some key focus areas to consider when embarking on this transformative journey.
The bathroom is often the riskiest area in a home for accidents. Consider installing grab bars, non-slip flooring and a curbless shower in your bathroom remodeling project. Walk-in bathtubs and raised toilets can further improve comfort and safety. Ensure wider doorways to accommodate those who use wheelchairs and walkers and adequate lighting for visibility and safety. These modifications can provide peace of mind and ensure a more dignified experience for individuals with limited mobility.
The kitchen is the heart of a home, and it’s essential to make it functional for everyone. Lowering countertops and sinks and creating accessible storage options can greatly improve usability. Installing lever-style handles on cabinets and faucets, as well as touch-sensitive appliances, can make daily tasks easier for seniors or those with mobility issues. Kitchen remodeling also includes proper lighting, open floor plans for better maneuverability and non-slip flooring to minimize accidents.
Entrance and Exits
A key aspect of living in place is maintaining independence. This starts at the entry points of the home. Installing ramps or stairlifts can provide a solution for those with mobility challenges. Widening doorways and creating step-less transitions from room to room can enhance accessibility. The goal is to make moving around the home effortless and safe.
Smart Home Technology
Embracing technology can be a game-changer for those looking to age in place. Consider integrating smart home devices like voice-activated assistants, security systems and remote monitoring. These technologies can provide assistance and security, enabling you to live comfortably and independently.
Stairways and Hallways
Stairways can be challenging, and hallways can become tight spots for maneuvering. Crucial enhancements include widening hallways and installing stairlifts to facilitate movement between multiple levels, ensuring that individuals can access all areas of the home safely. Handrails along hallways and staircases offer essential support, further reducing the risk of accidents.
Adequate lighting, particularly on staircases, is important to enhance visibility and safety. Finally, incorporating non-slip, low-pile carpeting or hardwood flooring throughout the home can significantly improve footing, providing a secure and stable environment for residents.
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G.M. Roth Design Remodeling can help transform your space into a secure and user-friendly environment suitable for everyone regardless of age and ability. Call (603) 880-3761, or fill out our contact form to start planning your home improvement project. Let’s create a home that’s accessible, safe and perfect for you and your family.