Aging-in-Place Features You Must Have In Your New Home
What is aging-in-place? It’s making the choice to continue to live in your home for as long as possible, making your home accessible as you reach the ages of 65 and older. Everyone hopes to be able to live out their golden years in their home, but not everyone is able to. If you want to be able to age-in-place, accommodations will need to be made to your home to ensure that you can live there comfortably and have everything you need. Here are a few common features you’ll want to include.
Single Story Living
Whether it’s arthritis, a hip or knee injury, or something else, stairs become more challenging as you get older. That’s why it’s a good idea to have all the main living of your home on one story. If you do have a second story to your home, it should be for storage or other non-essentials. Your first floor should have your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living spaces where you can relax. You should also avoid having small steps in between areas. The more open the floor plan, the better. You should have at least one entry to your home, as well, that has no stairs. You may consider replacing stairs with ramps for ease of use.
Good lighting can make the difference between moving around comfortably in your home and slipping and falling. It’s especially important to have good lighting in your bathroom and kitchen, but any walkways should be well-lit as well. Your windows should offer plenty of natural lighting, in addition to the lighting in your home. For light fixtures, consider energy efficient light bulbs that last longer while offering as much light. Your home’s entry should also be especially well lit, both inside and out so that it’s easy to access.
If you find yourself wheelchair bound, it will be important to ensure that your entryways are accessible. One of the most important things is to have wide doorways and entry and hallways. Doors should be 36 inches wide, with hallways at a minimum of 32 inches in width. If you’re in need of wider hallways due to injury or difficulty walking, it may also be a good idea to have handrails for grip throughout the house. Aging shouldn’t mean that you have to leave your home if you don’t want to. Talk to MBC Remodeling today about how to update your new home so that it suits aging-in-place.