Add Comfort and Functionality to Your Chicago area Home with these Aging in Place Ideas
Roughly 80% of homeowners over the age of 50 have paid off their home mortgage. That’s a high percentage of people who no longer have a mortgage payment to worry about! That’s also a high percentage of homeowners who are approaching their senior years. This is the perfect time to consider remodeling your home to facilitate aging in place.
What is Aging in Place?
Aging in place is the term used to describe the act of living independently in your own home as you age. We have a specific set of improvements that we can make to your home to make it safer. Here are a few things to consider when remodeling the kitchen for the future:
- Easy-Open Cabinetry – Decorative hardware is pretty, but go for functionality for the future.
- Easy-to-Reach Dishes – Keep all of the most commonly used dishes in an easy-to-reach cabinet.
- The Ability to Sit While Preparing Meals – Elderly bodies tend to ache more when standing for long periods of time. Create an area to sit while preparing meals.
- Countertop Height – Lower the countertops to a comfortable height in the 28 to 34 inch range. This allows wheelchair bound people to easily use the countertops.
- Easy-to-Use Appliances – Appliances need to be easily accessible and easy to use from a walker or wheelchair.
- Easy-to-Reach and Use Sink and Faucet – You will obviously need to wash your hands while preparing foods and working in the kitchen.
- Spacious Kitchen – The open space in the kitchen needs to be big enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair.
And a few things to think about when remodeling the bathroom for the future:
- Large Shower – Extend the size of the shower door to accommodate a walker if needed. Include a comfortable place to sit and a hose that’s at least 6 feet long.
- Grab Bars – Install grab bars for the shower and toilet area.
- Handy Storage – Keep needed items such as toiletries, toilet paper, and other necessities within easy reach.
- Hands-Free Technology – Install a hands-free toilet and sink faucet. This makes it easier for someone with mobility issues to be more independent.
- Nonslip Floors – Install nonslip floors in the shower and throughout the bathroom.
Aging in Place in Chicago
We want to see as many homeowners as possible enjoy their home well into their senior years, especially after they’ve spent many years paying off the mortgage. Give us a call if we can help you make your home more comfortable and functional for your golden years.