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When it is time for home remodeling, it is wise to consider incorporating Aging in Place elements at the time of the renovation. It can be future thinking to make your home ready to help facilitate safe daily living for changing physical needs. You may think you have many years until that will be a concern, but we do not know when we will be glad that we have made our home ready. It could be making it ideal for a parent’s stay, or it could be a medical event, or an accident can change our abilities instantly. Regardless, all of us will age and will appreciate adding these touches to each of these rooms can make life easier and safer. Here are important elements to consider for different areas in the house.

Home Basics

  • A zero-step entry with a covered front door for weather protection
  • The home’s floors should be level, fill in any sunken rooms, using material that is easier on the joints such as: luxury vinyl or wood floors
  • Doors with lever handles
  • Hallway should be at least 36” and doorways 32” if someone is in a wheelchair

The Kitchen

  • Ample task lighting
  • Glass doors on upper cabinets
  • Specialty drawers for storing dishes, pots & pans
  • Lower cabinets have pull out shelves
  • Dual dishwashers for everyday dishes (one will be storing the clean)
  • Walk-in pantry or wall pantry with pull-out door front with vertical shelves
  • In-wall oven and induction cooktop
  • Have waste and recyclable containers in pull out cabinet

The Bathroom

  • Faucets with lever handles
  • Rounded countertop edges
  • Radiant in-floor heating to eliminate mats
  • Comfort height toilet with grab bars to help with transition
  • Curbless walk-in shower
  • Reinforced walls for grab bars for balance when showering, when getting up from a tub, or stepping out of one
  • Shower bench

It can be a loving gift for a loved one or your future self to make the home safer, and comfortable, and facilitate living more independently for as long as possible. It will also make it more desirable when it is time to sell since people want a move-in ready home.

Happy Home Remodeling!

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