Aging in Place – Remodeling the Home to Accommodate It

June 19, 2018

Things have changed for those who are seniors. What was considered “old” even as little as 10 to 15 years ago is not viewed in the same way today. Active seniors of 70 and 80 years old are out and about hiking, running, kayaking, playing tennis, even doing marathons.

Plans to “age in place” have become more likely and more desired. Active seniors want to stay in their homes. They are not living solitary, isolated lives because they are engaged in social groups and activities. Their comfort level includes the familiar, welcoming home where they’ve spent much of their lives, where they can enjoy entertaining friends and family. There’s even more effort going into products for the elderly population, from everything such as some easy to use cellphones that seniors will love, to cordless kettles to decrease the likelihood of any accidents involving hot water.

Very recently, the NAHB reported that the “strongest and most consistent growth in remodeling has been the “desire to be able to age in place,” with an increase from 32 percent in 2012 to 52 percent currently, with a particularly abrupt 10-point jump between 2017 and 2018.” ?

This may be exactly what you have in mind as you are heading toward the senior years. The Senior Advisor offers several helpful ideas and potential hazards that can be avoided – here are a few:

  • Specifically look for potential hazards
  • Get rid of rugs
  • Add additional lighting
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom
  • Provide an alternative to bath or shower access

Bathrooms are a room for privacy, so it’s important that these seniors can access their bathroom independently. Whether this is achieved by having a walk-in shower base rather than a bathtub or having railing installed on the walls, there are lots of options. It’s just a case of choosing the options that you, or your loved ones, would like. If you’re thinking of making some changes to the bathroom in your elderly relative’s home, it might be worth reaching out to an experienced plumber who could help to install these new features. Most plumbers are reputable, but if you need more information about the plumbing company, you could give them a call or visit their website to learn more about their services. They should be able to help you install a shower to give the elderly person more room and easier access. Additionally, another popular method is installing brighter lighting to ensure they can see what they’re doing. To do this, homeowners may want to call out an electrician, such as those from Safe and Sound Electric for example. By getting an electrician to complete this job, seniors can be confident that the lighting is set up properly. Having a brighter bathroom can make the room much more accessible, so it’s worth getting some more lights installed in the bathroom, and potentially around the house for extra safety precautions. In addition, below there is an article from Houzz for ways to “Age-Proof” your Bathroom. Make use of these ideas and what’s out there to help if your ideal home is one you plan to grow old in!

? NAHB Aging in Place

Shown above is a recent Carmel Builders remodel with a shower seat and a safety bar.