Remodeling Tips For Designing an Aging In Place Home
Aging in place tips for homeowners over 50 years old who are considering a home remodel
Baby boomers have always been an independent generation, and as they age, that trait is continuing. Many of us are opting to stay in our homes as we grow older. Independent living is a growing trend and to continue to live in your home safely and comfortably may require some design adjustments and enhancements to your home.You need to take future conditions like mobility issues, fading eyesight, and arthritic joints into consideration when planning home remodels after age 50 if you’re planning on staying in your home as you age. In response to the massive wave of boomers entering retirement, all sorts of products and design ideas are popping up that are catering to the 50 and over crowd.
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Let’s explore some of the growing design trends to keep us in our homes as we age.
BUILDERS ARE ON BOARD!
Before we jump into design ideas, even the construction industry is beginning to jump on this growing trend. The CAPS program is an NAHB certification that has remodelers, architects, designers, builders and even occupational therapists buzzing. CAPS stands for Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist.
This program goes far beyond universal design ideas. Independent living principals are sweeping changes and retrofits designed to allow you to continue to live in your home safely and comfortably as you age. CAPS designs focus on elegant, aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free environments. In fact, these changes can add value to your home, according to Realtors.
Economically, aging in place retrofits and modifications are a no brainer. Consider that the typical cost of moving to an assisted living facility can be up to $60,000 per year or more. The cost of modifying a bathroom, widening doors, putting in safety bars and adding a no-threshold roll-in shower typically costs under $15,000, and it’s a one time expense, not a yearly drain. As an additional bonus, aging-in-place changes that are medically necessary (such as a roll-in shower and wider doorways) are tax deductible if backed up by a letter from your doctor.
WHAT CHANGES ARE NECESSARY FOR AGING IN PLACE?
The overall goal is to make your home safer, more barrier-free, and easier to maintain. Changes can be applied to every area of the home to achieve that purpose. From a zero-step entry with a wider entrance door to pull-out shelves in the kitchen, smart design changes can make aging in place affordable, safe and comfortable.
Here are a few specific changes you can make when remodeling your home for independent living.
CHANGES TO YOUR HOMES ENTRY
- Better outdoor lighting from the driveway to your front entry
- Attractive ramps, or zero step entry into your home
- A package shelf near the front door to prevent bending over
- Handrails by existing steps or porches
- Wider front entryway to accommodate a wheelchair or walker
- Sidelights by entrances for improved security
CHANGES IN THE KITCHEN
Simple changes in your kitchen can make for easier meal preparation and eating.
- Lever handles for faucets with a pull out spray nozzle
- Raised appliances, wall mounted ovens, raised dishwasher (in the laundry room consider raised front-loading machines to make clothes washing easier)
- Pull-out shelves, revolving corner shelves
- Pull out cutting boards
- Side opening ovens
- Adjustable height sink
- Larger cabinet and drawer pulls
CHANGES IN THE BATHROOM
Most accidents in the home happen in the bathroom. Simple safety changes can look attractive and help keep older homeowners safe.
- Attractive shower grab bars
- Lever handles on faucets
- Inset shampoo nooks
- Curb-less showers so there are no steps. (can be designed to allow future wheelchair access as well.)
- Anti-scald temperature controls for safer bathing
- Widened entry doors
- High toilets with slow-close lids
- Slide bar showers to accommodate standing or sitting
MOVING THROUGHOUT THE HOME
Virtually every room and space in your home can be improved including hallways, closets and even the garage. Here are some ideas to help you move around the house.
- Improved lighting in common areas and hallways
- Lever handles on doors and windows
- Lower light switches and thermostats
- Raised outlets
- Adding blocking in the walls to accommodate a future stair-mounted chairlift
- Wider doors to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers
These are just a few ideas that can make aging in place possible for older adults. At Joseph & Berry, we are always ready to work with our clients to accommodate all of their needs including independent living renovations. We start all our projects by sitting with homeowners and talking about their needs.
If you are in the last home you will build or considering a renovation project like a kitchen or a master suite bathroom remodel, consider adding aging in place amenities. They can keep you in your home safely and comfortably as you age. Give us a call and let’s talk about your upcoming project!