Age friendly home renovation is on the rise, as studies show that most homeowners age 50 and older have a desire to stay in their own home as they age. Unfortunately, most U.S. homes weren’t built to accommodate the needs of the elderly. Only one-third of homes have basic accessibility features. Here are a few features you can add if you’d like to remain in your current home.
While not a minor undertaking, a curbless shower with grab bars is a matter of safety and comfort. Choosing one bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair – meaning you have a 5-foot turning radius, is also a good idea. In that bathroom, consider lowering the vanity and raising the toilet seat height.
In the kitchen, consider using low-maintenance materials such as quartz countertops. Quartz is less expensive than it used to be and could save you money in the long run. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is durable, comfortable, and beautiful. Roll-out shelves and pull-down shelving units can help you avoid moving and lifting heavy kitchen items and can minimize bending. User-friendly appliances and non-slip flooring are other factors when considering your future in your existing space.
Widening doorways and switching to front-load appliances can increase accessibility. Non-slip flooring is a factor here as well, along with multi-level shelving and hanging unites.
Install a door that is at least 36 inches wide, with narrow windows on each side or add peepholes (one for standing, one for sitting) for security. A 5-foot covered landing pad or portico will give a wheelchair space to move around while protecting you from rainy weather. Be sure to add some lights to the front of your home for both security and safety. Illuminating sidewalks and walkways is also a good idea.
We are proud to be a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist who has completed a program developed by the National Association of Home Builders. Contact us today at (863) 899-8039 for a free estimate on age friendly renovations for your home.