Aging in place involves a person trying to live in their home for as long as possible, even as they age. This is a popular choice for seniors who would rather stay in their home instead of moving to a care facility, but this decision may require some home remodeling. There are many changes that can be made to aid seniors in their day-to-day living while remaining in their homes, but these three elements are essential.
- Accessible Kitchen
When considering the layout of your kitchen, accessibility is key. It is important that there is plenty of space for a wheelchair and that counters are low enough that a person in a wheelchair can easily access them. 90-degree edges prevent getting hurt on sharp edges and floors must be slip resistant. Opt for a pullout pantry and include plenty of drawers instead of cabinets with doors. It helps to have the sink located near the oven, and make sure commonly used appliances like microwaves are easy to access.
- Plenty of Support and Grab Bars
All aging in place house plans should involve plenty of extra support and grab bars around the house. This is especially important in the bathroom where slips and falls can easily take place. Make sure there are bars for getting into the shower and bars in the actual shower as well. Safety bars should also be located near the toilet seat. It is also useful to have bars located in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and wherever else they may be needed.
- Accessible Decks and Porches
It is important to make sure that getting in and out of the house is easy. A wheelchair accessible porch is a must, and the exterior should be easy to maintain. The area should also be well lit.
If you (or a loved one) would like to stay in your home as you age. Look into making the necessary renovations to keep you safe as long as possible.