Six Features of Aging in Place Home DesignFebruary 21, 2017
Home Modification Help for Independent Baby Boomers
Aging in place home design is a hot topic. Many of today’s baby boomers want to live out their lives in their homes instead of in assisted-living facilities. In response, builders and remodeling companies are providing customized home safety features that make staying in your Reno, Sacramento or Pleasanton, CA, home possible. Here are six ways to age-proof your home and reduce or eliminate the need for assisted living.
1. Remove clutter.
Getting older can increase the possibility of slips and falls. It can also mean having to use wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, oxygen tanks, canes and crutches, even if just temporarily. Getting rid of unnecessary furniture and decor, replacing carpeting with wood floors and designing a barrier-free environment that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye can assist with unimpeded movement, decrease accidents and make your home more appealing in the bargain. If you don’t know where to stash clutter, many remodeling companies offer attractive, integrated and space-saving storage solutions for bedrooms, kitchens, pantries, bathrooms and garages.
2. Create safety-first bathrooms.
Most home accidents happen in the bathroom. Stepping into and out of a slippery bathtub instead of a walk in shower can be hazardous for anyone. Installing a walk in shower with level, no-curb access, slip-proofing bathroom, tub and shower floors, adding grab bars, a hand-held shower spray, nooks and shelves for bath accessories and lever handles on fixtures and doors can prevent bathroom accidents and make it possible to bathe without assistance.
3. Rethink your closet.
Make life easier with a closet that puts everything within easy reach. Women love style, but getting older can make it difficult to get at items stored in high or hard-to-reach places. With an organized closet where everything from shoes to jewelry is easily accessible, you won’t have to deny your inner fashionista.
4. Consider a home automation system.
With home automation, you can use an app on your smart phone to remotely lock and unlock doors, turn lights off and on, regulate your indoor comfort system, turn appliances off and on, turn on outdoor lights before you arrive at home and get notified if you leave an appliance on or a door unlocked.
5. Redesign your home’s entryways.
Getting in and out of the house doesn’t have to be a chore if steps are fitted with handrails and walkways are level and flat. While the bathroom is a frequent place for falls, stairs and thresholds to the home are often a close second in terms of frequency of accidents.
6. Reinstall appliances.
Raising washers, dryers, dishwashers, ovens and microwaves can eliminate bending and straining. Lowering stove-tops and counter-tops can make life easier if you’re in a wheelchair.
Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that age-proofing a home can prevent up to 33 percent of home accidents. Some realtors believe home modification may also increase property value. In fact, a trend on today’s home building scene is creating homes that will comfortably accommodate young home-buyers all the way through life.
To learn more about how home modifications can keep you in your Reno, Sacramento or Pleasanton, CA, home and out of an assisted living facility, visit the aging in place experts at USA Bath® online or contact us directly.
USA Bath currently provides services to homeowners throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. Contact us today to get started on your next home improvement project!