Aging In Place-Designing Your Home for Your Future

Aging in Place

Staying in your own home as you age can be cheaper and more pleasant than moving to a retirement facility. We have designed and remodeled many homes with that in mind. With some simple, inexpensive and attractive solutions we can help you stay home as you grow older. These changes will often add real value to your home as well.

It is now estimated that over 70% of homeowners doing a remodeling or new construction project are planning for the future needs of themselves or their parents.  Aging in place is a term that refers to staying in your home comfortably and safely, now and in the future. This also relates to anyone of any age with mobility concerns.

If you plan ahead with a few home modifications you can create a comfortable attractive living space where the needs created by aging or mobility concerns can be accommodated.  Many studies have shown that older adults are more satisfied with the quality of their lives if they remain in their homes as they age.

The most common concerns are bathrooms. Whether remodeling or building a new home, consider a walk in shower with a bench seat, shampoo and shower products at mid level and a removable shower spray that can be used while seated. The entry to the shower should be below 4 inches so tripping or entering is not a problem. Single lever faucets, an anti-scalding device and grab bars are important.  Another option is a low sink and a toilet that is high enough to get on and off easily. The bathroom needs to be roomy in the center with plenty of room to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. Handy grab bars by the toilet and the towel racks are helpful as well.

The kitchen needs to be open as well with cabinets that are lower with easy to roll out shelves and handles instead of knobs. New appliances should be considered that are lower in height. Controls need to be easy to use and displays readable.

Although an elevator or dumbwaiter can often be retrofitted as well as a stairlift any new homebuilder or remodeler should consider a master bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Wider doors and hallways should also be considered.

Other considerations are easily maintained exterior and interior surfaces; no steps into exterior access doors and the ability to drive up to an entry door with a preferably covered access. Ground floor laundry facilities are also a good idea.

For information on how you or your loved one can age comfortably at home or deal with mobility concerns call in our experts at Mountain Construction!

Mountain Construction is a full service custom builder offering Log, Timber Frame, and Structural Insulated PanelHomes nationally as well as local New Construction of any type and Remodeling and Restoration services. We are NAHB Certified Green Professionals.

To find out how we can help you build or remodel your home CONTACT US.

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