Ideally, aging in place should not simply maintain your current quality of life but make it better wherever possible. Making adjustments to your home that increase accessibility and reduce the chance of injury is a great place to start. Consider the following enhancements to help you stay independent and thriving as your needs change.
The bathroom is the site of far too many accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 235,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to injuries sustained in the bathroom. Falls on wet or uneven surfaces become more dangerous as you age. Consider the following simple updates to make your bathroom safer:
Sometimes, a complete bathroom remodel is the best option when you plan to stay in your home for a long time. If you can redesign the bathroom, consider the following:
Your bedroom should be one of your favorite places to retreat to. If possible, consider moving your master bedroom to the ground floor to avoid stairs. If it is not possible, consider converting a ground floor room and bathroom into a master suite. You can also make smaller changes to an existing master bedroom that have a big impact on your sleeping area:
Many things we take for granted now can become issues as we age. Large, heavy doors should be replaced with more manageable ones. You may even want to widen doorways to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. Smaller door updates can also make a big impact such as:
Entrances and Exits
Entrances and exits are another important item to make your home more accessible and safer. Uneven surfaces can pose a challenge as well as a safety hazard. Consider the following updates to your entryway:
It is important to remember that aging in place looks different for everyone. Your home is as unique as you are, and creating a well-adapted space means you can enjoy it into the future. Making gradual changes now will decrease the burden of doing multiple last-minute renovations.
When you’re ready to see how you can make your home work for you in the long run, schedule a free consultation with Brothers Services. Our Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) design experts will guide you through your options so you can create a space that you will love for years to come.