As your needs change, your home should change right along with you to keep it as a place of comfort, happiness and family. Growing numbers of older adults are choosing to modify their homes to meet their current and future needs instead of changing locations. This allows everyone to live under your roof independently and comfortably, regardless of age or limitations.
Brighten Your Bathroom
Bathrooms can be major challenges for adults or children with mobility limitations. Install bars or a shower chair into your shower or bathtub to bathe comfortably. Bathrooms are also excellent candidates for slip-resistant flooring inside and outside of the tub. Little and big feet will both enjoy the lack of slipping and skidding that modern tiles offer.
Wider is Better
Narrow doorways and staircases make it difficult to age in place and get around. Some of the most popular home modifications for greater accessibility include widening kitchen and bathroom doorframes, widening hallways and even increasing the width of staircases. Some homeowners opt to install lifts or elevators alongside their stairs, depending on the size of their property.
Lower Your Kitchen
Kitchens are the heart of the home, and not being able to reach the countertop comfortably can be a frustrating experience. Many adults aging in place choose to lower their countertops or install additional lower-height work spaces for their cooking and baking. Appliances with easier-to-operate knobs, drawers and buttons can be installed for simpler operation. Existing cabinets can be modified or replaced entirely depending on your budget.
Add Some Curb Appeal
The exterior can be difficult for able-bodied young people to maintain, so those who struggle with mobility or energy have an even harder time. Upgrade your siding to a low-maintenance material like vinyl or brick and switch out finicky plants for beautiful low-maintenance options.
If you want a contractor you can trust to transform your home into a friendlier place to age, trust the pros at Finer Remodeling and MySafeHome give us a call at (410) 905-3742.