Are you looking to accommodate an elderly loved one in your home, or is s/he looking to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of their own home? In either case, is the house prepared, or rather, is it accessible for and does it meet the needs of your loved one? If not, you should consider performing some modifications so that your loved one, be it a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even a friend, will be able to navigate easily and comfortably around the house. Let’s take a look at some ideas to make their experience aging in place as seamless and comfortable as possible:
- Doorways and Entrances – A good place to start these modifications is with doorways and entrances into the house. Are they too narrow for your loved one, especially to accommodate a wheelchair? If so, you would do well to widen the entrances and even the hallways if necessary to make mobility easier. You could also install motion sensor lights outside, along the walkway and/or driveway for both security and convenience purposes.
- Bathroom – The bathroom can be a problem area in your house for your loved one. If going from a standing position to a sitting position and vice versa is a challenge, consider installing handrails and grab bars at key problem areas around the bathroom, like next to the toilet and on the shower wall(s). If your loved one has limited mobility, installing a walk-in shower in place of a traditional tub may be the way to go.
- Knobs and Switches – Does your loved one have trouble grasping door knobs or reaching light switches? If so, consider opting for lever door handles as opposed to traditional door knobs, as well as lowering the height of light switches around the house.
- Staircase – If the idea of walking up and down the stairs is daunting for your loved one, it may be best to install a stairlift. This nifty gadget will safely transport your loved one up and down the stairs, and even comes equipped with a seat belt.
A house should be the safest place for any person. And accessibility factors into that, too. If you’re looking to renovate your house for aging in place, call the team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen at (617) 417-0020, or fill out the form on our contact page.
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