Many of us dream of aging gracefully in our cherished homes. Brimming with memories, the familiar comfort of our spaces grows even more significant as we age. However, to ensure a safe and comfortable aging environment, especially for seniors with disabilities, specialized home remodeling is essential.
A 2021 AARP study reveals that 77% of individuals aged 50 and above wish to stay in their homes as they age. Given that 35-40% of those above 65 experience disabilities, many homes need modifications for safety and accessibility.
Here are 7 KEY AREAS of the home one should consider when designing for the safety and comfort of senior citizens:
1) Mobility & Accessibility
The primary concern for many seniors revolves around mobility. Simple modifications can drastically improve accessibility:
- Widen doorways for wheelchairs or walkers.
- Install low-angle ramps at entrances.
- Even garden paths for easy navigation.
2) Bathroom Safey
Bathrooms, especially with their wet floors, pose inherent risks and often become a priority for modifications:
- Install grab bars for added stability.
- Add versatile shower benches or seats.
- Regulate water temperature to prevent scalding.
3) Kitchen Adjustments
Designing or renovating kitchens can be just as intricate and demanding as tackling bathrooms:
- Lower countertops for wheelchair accessibility.
- Choose appliances with clear buttons over dials.
- Incorporate pull-out drawers for convenience.
4) Bedroom Modifications
Adapting bedrooms provides an opportunity to tailor for both safety and comfort:
- Prioritize reachable storage solutions.
- Install grab bars and bed rails for stability.
- Ensure adequate space for wheelchairs or walkers.
5) Flooring & Electrical Adjustments
Consider safer flooring options like linoleum or vinyl and adjust electrical fixtures:
- Raise electrical outlets.
- Lower light switches.
- Ensure adequate lighting throughout.
6) Smart Home Technology
Embrace smart homes! Devices controlling lighting, thermostats, and even vacuum cleaners can benefit seniors. Personal security and medical alert systems also offer peace of mind.
7) Multi-floor Homes
For homes with multiple levels, consider stairlifts or elevators to enhance mobility.
Planning your home remodel need not be daunting. By assessing your health needs and consulting with Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), you can gain valuable insights into seniors’ unique requirements. While remodeling might seem costly, there are various financing solutions available, including options from Cipriani Remodeling Solutions. Implementing multiple changes simultaneously can often be cost-effective. Remember, it is not just about convenience; it is about safety and quality of life. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we design based on your needs, preferences, and lifestyle, and support you throughout the journey. Start a conversation today!