Thursday, September 24, 2015
Where are you going to live as you age? This is a question many baby boomers are facing right now. When given a choice between living at home or moving into an assisted living situation most seniors would choose to stay at home. The difficult part is left to their providers. How can we create a space within their home where they are free to live independently while continuing to be safe?
Bodies change throughout the aging process. The needs your parents have at seventy are different than what they will be at eighty. This makes remodeling for the needs of aging parents a bit trickier than most home remodeling projects.
There are two main places where seniors have problems that need to be addressed before any others, the entrance and exits of the home and the bathroom spaces. Most homes have stairs that are used to enter into and exit out of a home. This can be extremely difficult on aging backs and knees. When your parent decides they would like to stay in their home you need to consider having a handicap ramp installed on all the exits and entrances.
Create an entrance and exit without a lip. The ramp should be wide enough to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. It should offer enough support for those needing stability from a handrail to maneuver. Designing a ramp that functions with the home without sticking out is an art. There are many contractors specializing in age in place remodeling and handicap ramp design and installation. Work with someone who specializes in the needs of seniors. They have the experience and knowledge to know what works and what doesn’t with every type of need.
A bathroom contractor that specializes in ADA accessibility is what you are looking for when designing a bathroom to be safe for the needs of aging bodies. Their needs change often as they grow old and the last thing you want to do is remodel every time their needs change. This is why it is crucial to work with a contractor that specializes in age in place and ADA accommodations. They know and understand the changes that a person will go through and will be able to address those concerns in their design.
Safe bathrooms require more than an additional light, taller toilet and a few grab bars. There are details that need to be addressed in the design. Specialists will look at all areas of the space from seating in the shower to the storage of incontinence pads. An age in place specialist has unique methods to create a space that looks as elegant as any modern bathroom renovation with the needed benefits required to keep seniors safe and able to live independently.