As you age, your home may feel more like an obstacle course rather than a place of comfort. Senior citizens aren’t able to move as quickly as they used to, and as a result, their homes should match their current capabilities and comfort levels. We can help you with the ideal aging-in-place home design that is optimized for safety, accessibility, and overall health.
Creating an Accessible & Safe Home For You To Grow Old In
Whether the aging in place remodel is for you or an elderly loved one, the experts at L Design have years of experience when it comes to making home modifications that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Our primary goal with home remodels for the elderly is to create a safe and accessible home for you to grow old in for many years to come. The layout of your home should flow and make it easy for anyone to get around.
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L Evans Aging In Place Home Modifications
We understand that every home is unique and we look forward to partnering with you to transform your home into a comfortable space that meets your current needs and desires. Not only will we carefully listen to your requests, but we will also provide helpful recommendations and advice. Some of the most popular aging in place home modifications include the following:
Convenient 1 and 2 Floor Design
Depending on your needs, we can help you determine the best floor design. A one floor home layout will typically have open spaces, as well as wide hallways and doorways so a handicapped person can maneuver around with ease. On the other hand, a two story home might require the addition of a new bedroom on the first floor so you don’t have to constantly climb up and down the stairs. Alternatively, the inclusion of an elevator or stair glide can be added to reach the second floor.
Nowadays, most homes have built-in steps to get in through the front and back doors. While this may not seem problematic, it actually increases the risk for accidents. No-step entrances are the perfect solution because they are completely even, don’t require any steps to get in and out of your home, and best of all, prevent trips and falls.
The kitchen design for an aging in place home remodel should include a few necessities. For instance, a pull-out pantry eliminates the need to move things around to see everything on the shelves. Including rounded edges on counters means no one hits a hip or elbow on sharp counters, which can seriously injure a senior citizen. Widened doors will also make it easy for those with walkers or wheelchairs to maneuver in and out of rooms. Positioning the sink close to the stove means less distance for moving heavy pots from the stove to the sink. Including a workstation between the two areas is a good idea. Microwaves installed at or below counter height are easier for eliminating reaching and bending.
As for a bathroom optimized for seniors, it should be located on the first floor. Removable shower heads are often easier to wash with, and rain heads are another option you may like. A curbless shower (or walk-in shower) could be a better option than a walk-in tub, which takes time to fill up and drain and can still include a low step to navigate. Be sure your bathroom design includes a toilet that’s easier for citizens to sit down on and get up from. The addition of a bidet or a bidet accessory can make it easier for older individuals to keep themselves clean. Such accessories and additions also allow the elderly to maintain their dignity.
Wheelchair Accessible Stair Lifts
Due to limited mobility and weakened bones, seniors may have difficulty walking up and down the stairs. As a result, they can become frustrated and are at more risk of falling and getting hurt. A simple but effective solution is to install a stairlift, which consists of a motorized wheelchair to move between the first and second floor safely.
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