If you have bought a home but you are not looking to sell it, there comes a time when you will need to make some changes to the house. This is so that it can comfortably accommodate your needs as you age. As you grow older, your body will change and it might become difficult to carry out some activities that you normally do. Some of these changes include
- Diminishing eyesight
- Weaker muscles, which can make some tasks difficult e.g. opening doors or going up and down the stairs
- Getting tired more quickly hence not being able to keep up with house maintenance
- Losing balance, e.g. as a result of slipping or tripping over something
- You might need to use a wheelchair. This can make it hard for you to reach raised surfaces.
In order for you to cope at this stage of your life, some of the changes that you can make to your home include:
You need to make changes to the bathroom since this is one of the most used rooms. You might have to use the bathroom multiple times in a day. In addition, the presence of water there increases the risk of someone slipping and falling while taking a shower.
Some of the aging in place renovations to make include installing some shower grab rails that someone can grab when they are getting in or out of the bath. In addition, you can install a shower seat since an elderly person can get pretty tired having to stand for long periods in the shower. The seat can be folded back when it is not in use.
Remove the curbs from the shower so that one can easily get into the shower without having to step over the curb. Curbs have been the cause of many accidents in the shower.
When it comes to door handles, you can replace door knobs with lever handles. These are much easier to operate than knobs, especially for someone who has a degenerative disease like arthritis.
You can also change your sink faucets to lever ones so that it is easier to turn on the taps. For someone who is using a wheelchair, consider installing pedal controls so as to easily open and shut off the taps.
Consider installing overhead lights in areas that are frequently used in the house. This includes in the kitchen over the various workspaces or kitchen counters. This will provide better visibility. Moreover, you can have the switches placed at doorways and much nearer the floor so that someone who is using a wheelchair can access them.
If going up the stairs is hard, make one of the rooms in the ground floor completely livable, such that one does not need to go up the stairs. In addition, you can have lifts or a chairliftinstalled.
Get rid of high pile carpets as they increase the risk of someone tripping over them and falling.