As people get older it becomes more difficult for them to live independently in their homes. But, by having a good contractor come in and assess the situation certain home modifications to accommodate seniors can be made to help prevent older adults from having accidents. The type of work involved can be as minor as installing pull handles to replace doorknobs or adding a wheelchair ramp to major remodels of the kitchen and bathrooms.
Modifications can be made to improve access and adapt the home to the changing needs of older homeowners. Improving access would involve making changes to accommodate someone using a wheelchair, like lowering countertops, cupboards and the height of light switches. Doorways would also need to be widened. Adaptability changes involve making minor improvements like having grab bars installed in bathrooms.
Certain features can be incorporated in the universal design and included when the home is being constructed. The features in the home would be solid and sturdy and particularly easy for people of all ages to use. Enough flexibility would be built into the design that it could be easily adapted should an occupant require special needs.
Approximately ten thousand baby boomers are retiring every single day. Some will downsize into smaller homes while others will want to remain in their existing homes for as long as possible. At some point these homes will need to be adapted to accommodate the changing needs of the homeowners as they get older. This would involve making sure that everything can be easily reached and used. To accommodate your needs as you age, do the following:
Minor Adjustments Can Make a Big Difference
When purchasing new appliances, keep convenience in mind. A front-loading washer is much easier to use than a top-loader. You can replace showerheads with adjustable ones, replace doorknobs with lever-style handles and install handrails where needed, especially on both sides of any staircase. Just raising the electrical outlets and lowering light switches can make a huge difference in how comfortably you function in your home as you get older.
When Making Renovations Consider Comfort & Convenience
- Widen doorways to 36 inches or more.
- Entrance should have no steps. If that’s not possible, install a ramp.
- Install pocket doors wherever you can.
- Install user-friendly appliances.
- Replace kitchen sinks with shallower ones.
Major Renovations for Aging in Place
- Install handicap ramps to accommodate a wheelchair.
- Create a multi-functional master suite on the first floor.
- Install a ground-floor bathroom with low-rise tub and walk-in or curbless shower.
- Adjust the height of all counter tops.
- Lower the cupboards for easy access.
- Replace flooring so that you have a smooth surface.
- Install chair lifts on stairs and/or home elevator.
- And more!
You man not be retiring anytime soon, but you should still plan and if that includes aging in place, it is best to have things ready before they’re needed.
In selecting your builder keep in mind that you want someone who understands the emotional toll that a construction project can take on homeowners. Make sure that you ask plenty of questions before hiring anyone and trust your gut. It is important that you feel comfortable with the builder you choose, that you can communicate easily and have a good rapport. Instead of barely surviving the remodel, you want to be engaged in the process and enjoy watching everything come together.
HK Construction San Diego – Ageing in Place Home Remodeling Contractor
There are so many ways you’ll love your newly remodeled home after HK Construction is done making it perfect for you.
We serve all of San Diego, South County, East County and North County. See an expanded list of all the areas we serve. For more information or a FREE quote on ageing in place home remodeling and home modifications to accommodate seniors, call 858-748-6580.
Owner: Marc Gieselmann
Company: HK Construction, Inc.
Address: 13956 Sam-O-Reno Road, Poway, CA 92064