Remodeling for aging or illness

Remodeling for AgingLet’s face it – we’re not getting any younger. As the Baby Boomers retire and settle into old age, we are seeing an influx of age-appropriate remodels to help make them safer and more comfortable in their own homes. In this article, we’ll talk about remodeling for aging or illness.

Kitchen

  • * Your kitchen should be on the first floor of your home.
  • * Relocate the dishwasher so that it’s higher, making loading and unloading of dishes easier.
  • * Adjusting the height or location of your sinks can really help. A roll-under sink is a good choice for those who use wheelchairs. There are also motorized, adjustable height counters/sinks that are available, which can go from something more accessible by someone who is in a wheelchair.
  • * Add pull out shelves to reduce the strain of bending over to reach the back of cabinets. In upper cabinets, add pull down shelves so you don’t have to reach so much.
  • * Add “D”-shaped pulls/handles to make it easier for anyone to open a cabinet door.
  • * For your refrigerator, you can consider illuminated water and ice dispensers on the door. Long, continuous door handles to allow for multiple gripping points. Good lighting inside the fridge will increase visibility. A top mount or side by side refrigerator/freezer can be good to provide easy access to both compartments.

Bathroom

  • * You should have at least one bathroom on the main floor of the home. If you need to go upstairs to access your bathroom, you can consider installing a chair lift or elevator for easy access to other levels.
  • * Ensure that you have enough clear space to accommodate someone in a wheelchair around the toilet, bathtub, or shower stalls and areas around cabinets or closets.
  • * Put your toilet at the right height. You can buy a new, taller toilet or get a seat extender.
  • * Install a toilet paper holder that can be changed using one hand and make sure that it can be reached from the toilet in a sitting position.
  • * A toilet/bidet combination can significantly improve hygiene. Consider replacing your toilet with one of these.
  • * Install grab bars. They’re more stylish now and are useable by people of all ages.
  • * For your bathtub, if you don’t want to change to a walk-in tub, you can add grab bars, shower seats and an anti-slip coating to the tub floor for safety. Showers can be roll-in showers with no edge so that you can walk right in without having to put your leg up.

Laundry Room

  • * It should be located on the main floor of the home.
  • * Ensure you can get in and out easily and that things are easy in reach.
  • * Keep cabinets and counter tops in close proximity for appliance transfers.
  • * Front-loading washers and dryers are best. You can even get a pedestal to put the appliances on so there’s less strain on your back.
  • * You will need counter space for folding and sorting.
  • * Make sure there is plenty of lighting.
  • * You will want a non-slip surface for the floor.

Of course, there are more remodeling decisions you can make on your home as you age. These are some of the most common. If you have questions about remodeling for aging or illness, please let us at C. Haynes Construction know. We can help with just about anything. We can be reached at 512-417-4523.

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