There are many living options available for people as they age and their living needs change. It’s important to be safe, but many seniors want to stay in the homes they love. By making a few updates to your home to accommodate new needs, you can prepare for aging in place before it becomes necessary.
One of the main components of universal design recommended is the installment of features that help you navigate your home more easily. You can have grab bars installed in places where you may need assistance standing or are in more danger of falling, such as by the toilet or in the shower. If there are a lot of steps outside your home, you may want to have a contractor build a wheelchair ramp. In a multiple-story home, consider a lift or a staircase chair. Think of specific things you will need to get around your home safely.
Aging in place accommodations also take into account the reduction in eyesight that most people experience as they get older. You may need better lighting in certain areas of your home. Talk to your contractor to discuss new lighting options.
That heavy door with the traditional knob may become a hazard as you get older. A builder who specializes in modifications for seniors who value the independence of staying in their homes can install new doorknobs that are easier to open from any angle, including a wheelchair. Narrow door frames may also need to be expanded to accommodate mobility devices.
The bathroom is a common site for injuries, so extra care needs to be taken as you get older. Maintaining your independence means being able to do as many of the daily care tasks as you can. Rails, non-slip flooring and walk-in bathtubs are a few of the options you should consider as you ready your home for your later retirement years.
It’s never too early to start making plans for aging in place. Talk to an experienced contractor about changes you can begin to make to your home.