Aging in Place – Preparing your Home for the Future
With the cost of assisted living and retirement homes soaring higher and higher, many retired people are starting to realize that their best option is to stay in their current home for as long as they can. Investing money into your house to customize it for your own personal needs as you grow older, is often a smarter and more inexpensive option than a retirement home. Here are a few things to consider when making these important decisions.
1st Floor Living
Not everyone has the luxury of true first floor living with a master bedroom, bathroom, and laundry all on the first floor of the home. Consider turning a spare den or office into a master bedroom with master bath, and move your laundry from the basement to the first floor. It might be as easy as converting an old closet into your new 1st floor laundry!
Safety when getting in or out of a tub or shower is often an overlooked feature of a bathroom. Stepping into a bathtub can be a challenge, especially for someone with knee or hip limitations. A grab bar installed vertically (on the wall that you enter and exit the shower) will help to stabilize yourself as you get in and out of the tub. A grab bar installed diagonally or horizontally on the back wall of the tub will help to stabilize yourself while you are in the shower itself. Add extra support at the commode with a grab bar, to help you get up and down.
Showers and Shower Seats:
The simple act of stepping over and into a bathtub can often be difficult as you age. Taking the bathtub out and replacing it with a shower and grab bars is a great solution. Building a seat into the shower, adding a handheld showerhead, and a shower entrance without a threshold are all options to consider.
Remodeling your existing home not only adds value, but in this case, it can also make your home a much safer place, keep you independent longer, and save you money in the long run!