You may have been seeing the phrase “aging in place” thrown around while researching for your next remodel. What exactly does this mean? More and more homeowners are opting to remodel their homes to accommodate aging in place, and you may want to as well.
The Benefits of Aging in Place
Aging in place simply refers to growing old in your own home rather than in a nursing home. This is a much more comfortable option for many homeowners. In order to do so, you will need to remodel your home to accommodate your needs as you age. The result is a more dignified and graceful journey into old age.
How to Remodel Your Home to Age in Place
There are many changes both big and small that you can make to your bathroom and kitchen that help to facilitate aging in place. Here are a few ways you can remodel your home to make it more accessible:
- Kitchen hardware: Replacing the hardware in your kitchen is easy and effective. Simply replacing the knobs on your cabinetry with pulls can limit grasping motions, which can be painful as we age. Incorporating ergonomic furniture, appliances, and fixtures is also a great way to put less stress on your body.
- Wheelchair accessibility: Making your home wheelchair accessible is not only smart planning but also a great way to open your home up to others who may be wheelchair-bound. A kitchen remodel provides a great opportunity to make this busy room in your home more accessible. If you are incorporating a kitchen island in your home, you can have one side of the island feature a tabletop with legroom underneath. This allows an individual in a wheelchair to easily sit at the kitchen island. Having space underneath sinks in the kitchen and bathroom is another way to make a room more accessible.
- Walk-in shower: Replacing or supplementing your bathtub with a walk-in shower isn’t just a great way to raise the value of your home. It’s also the perfect way to age in place! A walk-in shower doesn’t require any stepping over the edge of a bathtub. This reduces the chance of slipping and makes your shower wheelchair accessible as well. You can even incorporate grip bars in the shower to give you something to hold onto to prevent slipping. This is a stylish and smart way to improve your bathroom.
Whether you’re looking for a remodel or an update, talk to one of our experts at Elite Kitchens about building your dream timeless bathroom remodel. With our excellent designers, installation process, and quality craftsmen, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 301-881-2776, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get more tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Pinterest.