With an ageing population that is increasingly choosing to live out their days from the comfort of home, it is more important than ever to consider how your home can be modified to accommodate that.
As this is becoming such a hot issue, many people planning to build new homes are choosing a universal design that will allow them to age-in-place. Essentially what this means is they are incorporating safety and comfort features in the design of their home to accommodate for all people of all abilities. Taking into consideration the long-term needs of your family as it grows and ages is definitely becoming a priority for new home builders.
This, of course, does not mean that you have to build a new home to age comfortably. In fact, ageing-in-place in the home that you already have is also entirely possible by making a few modifications. The sooner you start, the sooner you can feel at home in your space again. It’s no fun when the home you love is no longer supporting you in the way you need it to.
Here we will look at some of the ways you can easily renovate your home for senior living, so you can live out your days as independently as possible.
Throughout Your Home
Depending on your individual needs, there are many things you can do to make your home more accessible for senior living.
- Widen all hallways and doorways to accommodate easy wheelchair access
- Replace door knobs with levers
- Install non-slip flooring
- Ensure flooring colour is consistent (this reduces the number of falls for those with depth perception issues)
- Secure any area rugs or floor runners
- Install handrails on both sides of stairways
- Increase lighting
- Use non-slip tape on stairs
- Install chair lifts on the stairs
- Install door alarms
A few modifications can make all the difference when it comes to safety and comfort in the bathroom.
- Installing comfort height toilets make it easier to get on and off independently
- Automatic flush toilets can help those with mobility and dexterity issues as well as those who may just forget to flush
- Install a grab bar beside the toilet
- Install step through tubs and walk-in showers for seniors with mobility issues
- Have a shower chair
- Install a grab bar in bathtub/shower
- Install an accessible vanity (lower with an open-concept for wheelchair access)
- Install anti-scalding temperature controls
Maintaining independence, and safety in the kitchen is a high priority for most.
- Install drawers that are easily reached from a wheelchair
- Lower counters with an open-concept for wheelchair access
- Lower the cooktop
- Install door pulls instead of cabinet knobs
- Replace traditional faucets with motion sensor, or lever-handle faucet
- Replace traditional oven with an induction cooktop stove to reduce the chance of burns or a wall oven that opens to the side
If you want to age at home, or you want to support your older family members as they age in your home making a few modifications can make the transition easier for everyone. Contact us today if you are ready to renovate your home for senior living.