As the Baby Boomer generation starts retiring, older residents seek ways to stay in their homes as long as possible. One way to help your loved ones stay in their homes is to do aging in place remodeling. This type of remodel works with the existing home to create ways to enable greater mobility and safety as the person ages.
Key to any design for aging in place remodeling is making the more accessible. One way to do that is to have as much available on the first floor as possible. Two-story homes cannot be taken down to a one-story home, but they can be outfitted to include a bathroom and bedroom for the resident on the first floor. Putting a chair lift in homes can be an option for some, but for those struggling completely with stairs, having a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor is essential.
There are now remodelers certified in helping the elderly stay in their homes. These consultants look beyond the current needs of the residents and include aspects that they anticipate may be an issue from stairs to slips and falls.
The layout of the home can affect the accessibility and maneuverability of the elderly as they age. Beyond the home, each individual room can be designed to increase accessibility. Widening doorways allows for easier access for wheelchairs. Ramps on the outside can enable the wheelchair to come into the home. Many elderly use the benefit of a motorized scooter to get around more easily. Creating a layout that allows for these larger items can help them stay in their homes longer.
The key to aging in place remodeling is making the home a place that is safe for the resident. The design takes into consideration the limitations and abilities of the resident and helps create a layout that is accessible.