Aging In Place
Aging in Place, or AIP, is a conversation we should have as early as possible. Sure it’s a choice, but many things need to be considered. We all work diligently through high school to get into a good college, and then maintain that diligence through college so we can move into a great career that will allow us to buy a home and live the American Dream. Many of us don’t consider our senior years until we hit our 30s or 40s. What happens to that big two-story home once we’re unable to traverse the stairs? Do we try to sell and take a chance that we will get nearly enough to buy a smaller home in which to retire?
Today’s seniors are much more mobile than those in years past. Many people live on their own through their 80s and 90s now, and a lot of that has to do with the way we have learned to better take care of our bodies. The concept of living in place or aging in place rewards us for those endeavors. Don’t sell your home in order to live better during your senior years. Modify it!
Home Modification and Remodeling For Aging in Place
The kitchen and bathroom are the primary rooms that need to be modified for safer senior living. We aren’t talking about your average modification. We aren’t going to simply add a few safety rails and call it done. The purpose behind remodeling your home to fit your needs as a senior citizen isn’t to make it look like the retirement home you don’t want to move into; the purpose is to maintain your unique sense of style as you continue to age safely in your own home.
Kitchen remodeling for seniors may include things like lowering the kitchen sink area for easier access, adding lower lighting with easier on and off switches, and creating a clutter-free room. Many modern kitchens consist of an island, but some islands are too close to the counter tops they flank. Reducing the size of the island is often required to make room for wheelchairs or walkers. Rollouts added to cabinets help seniors reach all of the required utensils and dishes.
Bathroom remodeling may include the addition of space to allow for mobility devices such as walkers or wheelchairs. Bathtubs or showers may be removed and replaced with an easy walk-in version. Chair-height toilets may be installed for easier use for those in a wheelchair. Grab bars may be installed in key locations, but you don’t have to settle for the standard silver that would be in a hospital or nursing facility. Lower the bathroom sink, and enlarge all doors to better accommodate seniors.
Aging in Place Means More Than Just Remodeling
Ramps, and wider hallways and doorways are a must for those independent seniors who require a walker or wheelchair. Thresholds should always be removed to prevent trips, falls, and the possibility of wheelchairs getting stuck while moving from room to room. Remove all area rugs or throw rugs to prevent trips and slips, and install similar flooring throughout the home when possible.
Our nation’s elderly shouldn’t be forced into retirement homes simply because their home is no longer as accommodating to their changing needs. We need to take the initiative to make their lives easier. After all, our parents and grandparents molded us into the people we are today. One day we will be in their position and need the same consideration shown to us. Express Kitchen & Baths wants to be part of a positive change for our local senior citizens.
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