Aging in Place is designed for the elderly to continue to live in their own home for as long as possible. It is defined as the ability to live in one’s own home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. 90% of seniors want to stay in their own home and the best way for them to do so, is to be in a safe environment.
Sometimes homeowners decide to downsize to a smaller home. A big part of staying safe in your home includes making changes as needed. Perhaps a smaller more functional home would better suit someone getting older. Many people who reside in two-story homes later decide the stairs are not worth the risk anymore and move to a single-story home.
There are lots of options when it comes to aging in place. Many people choose to remain in their current home. If this option is chosen, modifying it can be very helpful. This may mean modifying an existing space to make it work in order to remain in their chosen home. It can also mean that additional services will come into their home in order to maintain the quality of living. Remodeling bathrooms can help by creating curb less showers and walk in tubs. Smaller adjustments include widening doorways or adding ramps to entrances and exits.
This option allows a level of independence and will save money in comparison to a nursing home or even moving. Sometimes you still need the extra help, so having family close by can be very mutually beneficial physically and financially.
Here are a few extra ways to help you age in place effectively. Don’t use area rugs & make sure that all carpets are fixed firmly to the floor. Replace handles on doors or faucets with ones that you are comfortable using. Install grab bars near toilets & in the shower. Reduce fall hazards by placing non-slip strips on tile and wood surfaces. Place light switches at the top or bottom of stairs and remember to add night lights.
The most important factor to be able to age in place is planning. Consider your potential needs and plan for possible remodeling or downsizing if needed. Aging in place is important because everyone will get older & it helps to plan to keep one’s independence.
At Fairbanks Construction, we offer solutions such as Kohler walk-in-tubs that can significantly improve aging in place for you. Visit our website to learn more about our walk-in tubs at https://www.fairbanksconstruction.com/bathrooms/kohler-walk-in-bath/