Aging is an inevitable part of life, and many people want to spend their senior years living in their own home instead of moving to an assisted living facility. For some, this might be the home where they lived for decades and raised their kids. Others might prefer a recently purchased retirement condo. Either way, the space needs to be safe, usable and enjoyable for the elderly.
Unfortunately, most homes aren’t automatically equipped with features like wide doorways to accommodate a walker, or lower sink heights. However, most homes can be transformed into accessible spaces with the help of a renovation specialist. Here are a few renovation ideas to help you enjoy life in your own home during your later years.
Most kitchens will need to undergo drastic improvements to make them more accessible. Ideally, the kitchen should be in the main level of the home. The sink needs to be placed lower and open underneath to accommodate the wheelchair-bound. The counters should also be lower than they would be in a traditional kitchen. Add pull-out shelves to cabinets to reduce the strain of bending over to retrieve kitchen items. Lastly, look for appliances equipped with universal design, which display information simply and have convenient functions.
The bathroom can be very dangerous for a senior citizen if it isn’t outfitted with the right features. At least one full bathroom should be located on the main level of the home. It needs to be large enough to accommodate a walker, wheelchair or cane. The toilet needs to be placed at the right height to ease the pain and risk of squatting. Consider installing a taller toilet or buying a seat extender. Grab bars can be installed next to the toilet to assist with sitting and standing, in addition to inside the tub. A roll-in shower will help individuals enter safely and accommodate either a wheelchair or a shower chair.
Getting in and out of bed can become a huge challenge as you age. Installing safety handles on the sides of the bed will reduce potential fall risks. Additionally, the closet opening should be wide enough to fit a wheelchair and be free of any clutter that could lead to accidents. The best way to do this is to add adjustable shelving systems in custom closets in Mississippi. Adding more lighting will also make it easier to see what’s there.
Stairs aren’t an option for wheelchairs or walkers. Older people should update their entrance to include a low or no-step entry. All steps and walkways need to be coated in a textured surface or replaced with a ramp to reduce the risk of slipping. Improve the walk from the car to the house by ensuring the sidewalk is wide enough, slip-resistant and free of any tripping hazards.
Enjoy your home for decades with the help of Kitchen Kreators Ltd. Call us today to learn more about creating the perfect home for aging in place with impactful upgrades like bathroom and kitchen renovations and custom closets in Mississippi.