To turn aging in place from fantasy to reality, certain renovations are essential. Here are five ways you can age-proof your home to prepare it for seniors.
Mind the entrances
Entrances should make it easy for persons with limited mobility to get in and out of the house. Consider adding one without steps to provide unlimited access and convenience for the elderly.
Redesign the bathrooms
There are many ways to add convenience and avert falls in bathrooms. Consider adding a portable tub with a low threshold, built-in seat, handheld showerhead, sturdy grab bars, and anti-slip floors, recommends Heavenly Walk In Tubs. Also, add an elevated seat to your toilet or consider using a commodore chair. A portable bidet can add convenience for persons with physical disability, muscle weakness, and joint pain.
Make your kitchen safe and convenient
Age-proof your kitchen with an open design. Vary counter heights and choose non-reflective counter surfaces. Open shelving and pullout boards and shelves can help add accessibility and counter space. Make sure all appliances and faucets are at accessible levels.
If you can’t move into a single-story house, a first-floor bedroom can help reduce the need to use stairs. Consider adding a bedroom to the main level.
Light the house up with windows
Aging adults need more light to see. Adding or enlarging existing windows can help add natural light to your house. You can then manage the level of light and your privacy with draperies and blinds.
If you’re considering aging in place, age-proof your home to maximize its usefulness. Think about universal design when looking for ways to make your house convenient and safe for the elderly.