A Home That Matches Your Current Requirements & Desires
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 or live the way they used to, and their homes should match their current capabilities and comfort levels. L. Evans Design Group can help you with the ideal aging in place home design, one that’s optimized for safety, ease of access and prioritizes health and wellness. No matter if the remodel is for you or an elderly loved one, we’re here to help.
What To Bear in Mind With Your Remodel
When it comes to a universal home design for aging in place, you’ve got to focus on a design that everyone can make use of without the need for a specialized design. The layout of your home should flow rather than “stutter.” A few things to keep in mind with a universal design and home modification include:
- You need to decide whether you prefer a one-floor design or the inclusion of an elevator.
- No-step entry is best to prevent trips and falls, but you’ll want to be sure your layout includes proper drainage because your doorway will be level with the walking surface found just outside your door.
- Widened doors make it easy for those with walkers or wheelchairs to maneuver in and out of rooms.
- Stair glides, while undoubtedly useful for those unable to navigate stairs, come with a lot of considerations. For instance, there needs to be room not only for the individual, but assistive devices, too.
- A curbless 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.
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. 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. 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.
Get in Touch With Us
Do you think it’s time you considered a universal home design for yourself or an elderly loved one? Contact us here at L. Evans Design Group by submitting an online form. You can also reach us by dialing 971-404-1241.