Remodeling Your Home for Aging in Place
Aging in place remodeling has become widely accepted as a good idea because of its multiple benefits such as the freedom that staying in your own home brings, maintaining friendships and community ties. Recent research from the University of Southern California shows that most people lose interest in moving after age 55. The suburbs of Chicago are full of aging baby boomers that have been in the homes several decades or more.
Start Thinking Now About Modifying Your Home
Even if you are a decade or more away from retirement, and let’s face it, that number keeps creeping upward, now is the time to start thinking about modifying your home to accommodate decreased mobility that aging often brings. It’s all about avoiding falls that occur more frequently as people get older. However, blindly following trends can do you more harm than good. Think about your own needs and that of your spouse or partner. Do you have arthritis? Do you have back problems? In what ways, if any, are you already limited?
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
When planning a kitchen renovation or any home remodeling project with an eye toward staying in your home, the most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as one-size-fits all design. You are unique and so is your home. If you live in a ranch-style home, you already have a head start, as minimizing the need to climb stairs is one of the considerations for aging in place. Even if you don’t, however, that doesn’t mean you have to move out. You can turn one room on your ground floor into a master bedroom or even create a new space by adding onto your home. Another option is installing a chair lift so you can ride up to the second floor.
That’s why everything starts with design. At Rosseland Remodeling, we listen closely to your needs so our designer can come up with the best solutions for you. That’s why we consider universal design when making modifications for aging in place. Universal design does not mean one-size-fits all but rather using products and services that can be used by everyone in your home. Think of universal design as another form of insurance.
Things to Consider
The place in the home where most accidents happen to older people is the bathroom. Thus, if you are considering a bathroom remodel, it’s a good place to begin. It’s not a matter of just placing ugly grab bars that you see in hotel handicapped rooms. Doubtless, you have seen television ads for walk-in bathtubs. While this may seem an easy solution, walk-in baths can be expensive. An alternative is a zero-threshold shower where you don’t have to lift your feet to enter. Showers can also be equipped with comfortable seats and portable showerheads that will allow you bath while sitting.
Maneuverability is another consideration, both inside the bathroom and getting to different rooms. Think about widening doors to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. The bathroom should also be spacious enough to accommodate those mobility aids.
If you are thinking about modifying your home, contact us for a no-obligation consultation.