Home Remodeling for Seniors

By The Care Centers.

If you are growing older or you have a senior loved one, then one thing you may wish to consider is home remodeling. Simple changes in many of the most-used rooms of the house can make it easier to get around. That means you or your elderly loved one will maintain independence for a much longer amount of time. Additionally, it can lower the cost and need for in-home care. There are home remodelers who specialize in making changes specifically for seniors, so you can begin shopping around for the best professional contractor. In the meantime, here is a checklist of some of the changes you should consider making in order to make your home friendlier for elderly individuals.

The Kitchen

The kitchen can be a very dangerous place. You reach for something on a high shelf and accidentally put your hand on a hot stove. You cannot read your stove knobs anymore and you think something is turned off when it isn’t. This could cause a fire. So, here are some of the changes that can be made in the kitchen:

  • Lower Cabinets and Counters

  • Easy-to-Read and Use Faucets and Knobs

  • Grab Bars

  • Ways to Sit Down While Cooking

  • Regulated Water Temperatures

The Bathroom

This is another space that needs remodeling for easier use and less chance of an injury. The changes can vary from small to big depending on what you or your loved one want. They could include:

  • Handheld Shower Heads

  • Grab Bars

  • Walk in Showers

  • Higher Toilets

  • No Slip Flooring

  • Regulated Water Temperature

The Stairs and Steps

One of the biggest problems with mobility for seniors will be managing steps and stairs. There are remodels and solutions for this as well.

  • Stair Lift

  • Non Slip Flooring on Stairs

  • Additional Stair Rails

  • Wheelchair Ramps Outside

Lighting

It is vital to ensure there is enough lighting for seniors to be able to see as they get around. Dark places or dimly lit areas could contribute to slips and falls. So, you can have a home remodeler add lighting to areas that don’t have enough already. This especially includes hallways and main rooms. Nightlights should be installed and designed to automatically come on for getting around at night as well.

Floors

Non slip flooring may need to be added. Additionally, especially in older homes, the floor may need to be leveled. A floor with bumps, uneven spaces, and warping can be a serious trip and fall hazard. You will want to ensure there are no loose throw rugs on the floor as well.

Remodeling a home for elder care can be a very good decision when growing older. This checklist will help you get an idea of what needs to be done. Find out more about other ways to remodel a home for senior care by reading this article (A Checklist for Home Safety and Seniors). Additionally, find out about in-home care supplies that can ensure you or your loved one are as comfortable as possible so that they can still live in their own home.


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