Aging in Place: Senior Friendly Home Renovations

Apr 13, 2018 | Blog | 0 comments

With a wide variety of technical advances and resources available, a growing portion of the middle age to senior population are opting to plan ahead and age in place. With the right renovations in place, remaining in your own home can be a cost effective, less stressful option. By forgoing the need to sell your home or downsize into a smaller unit, seniors can save money and remain in a familiar, comfortable environment that caters to their needs. Multi-generational homes offer a wide variety of benefits to younger homeowners as well by adding value to the property, and of course, giving them the option to accommodate older members of their family should the future need arise. Learn more about preparing your home for the transition to aging in place below!

Start Early

As we said above, there’s significant benefits to thinking ahead as early as possible. A key factor to aging in place is to add features that will aid you before they become a necessity. While it may be hard to imagine yourself or your loved ones experiencing the changes that come with aging, it’s vital to be proactive. Thinking ahead not only protects you, but it also gives you time to stage your changes over a longer period of time, saving you money and helping to keep stress out of the picture. As a general starting point, try to view your home through the mindset of looking for “blind spots” that may hinder or harm an individual with certain challenges such as limited eyesight and decreased mobility. If you’re not sure what to look for…that’s okay! Experienced contractors like the team at Carmax Consulting can help by performing a walk through designed to pinpoint core areas, as well as suggest both short and long-term solutions.

Accessibility, Simplicity, Adaptability

These three aspects are your friend where aging in place is concerned. You’ll want your home to reflect this motto throughout your layout, appliances, and features. Examples of what to look for and incorporate are:

  • Well-lit hallways with no sudden dips or stairs near entry points to rooms
  • Main living areas (bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom) accessible on a single floor
  • Non-slip flooring near entryways and on stairs
  • Railings around the home (especially in bathrooms) for balance and safety
  • Ample space to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs

These are only a few of the various aspects that need to be kept in mind for senior friendly homes. While it might seem daunting to consider the prospect of incorporating aging friendly elements into your home, the peace of mind and quality of life afforded by staying in your space are well worth it. For those considering making alterations to their home or looking for help when it comes to planning to age in place, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today! We’re happy to partner with you and ensure you’re confident and educated on the many options you have available!