More seniors are choosing to age in place than ever before. Whether you’re thinking about adapting your home now or just planning ahead, there are many ways you can make your home more accessible as you age.
It’s good to know what changes can be made in your home so you can age in place and not struggle to get around. Here are a few alterations to make your home more accessible.
Install mobility aids
As we age, it’s natural to become less mobile and struggle with things we once took for granted like getting in and out of the bath or going up and down the stairs.
That’s why you should consider installing a stairlift and other mobility aids such as a walk in bath and handrails around your home.
By adding aids such as these, it means you can continue to live in the house you love.
Alterations to help you move around
Another great tip to adapt your home is to widen your door frames. This can help you move freely around your home, especially if you have to use a wheelchair or walker in later life.
A simpler tip is to ensure your home is well lit with overhead lighting not lamps with cords. Good lighting will help you avoid tripping over items around the house.
Alternatively, if you are looking for more room or want all essential facilities on the same floor, it would be worth considering extending your property to enable you to do this.
Alter the kitchen
As described in an article on the NHS website, lowering kitchen worktops will help in the future if you experience mobility issues.
There are a variety of appliances you can purchase to help as you age. On the Which website, they recommend using trays so you can move hot pans from the oven to the cooktop or vice versa.
You could also consider installing a dishwasher to save you time and energy in cleaning up. Another time saver is a microwave oven. The newer models provide many convenient features that simplify cooking time and preparation.
Rearrange your pantry so that food and cooking utensils are on lower shelves. Invest in lighter-weight pots and pans to accommodate strength loss in your arms. A contractor can lower countertops and cabinets for people who are in wheelchairs.
Make Simple Fixes
- Remove throw rugs that can be hazardous for tripping.
- Clear electric cords and clutter.
- Install grab bars in the shower or near the toilet.
- Switch out standard doorknobs for lever door handles.
- Remove wheels on chairs.
- Put non-skid treads on steps.
While it may not be possible for you to stay in your home independently forever, all of these changes can make it safer and more functional so you can remain in your home longer. By implementing these home modifications that support aging in place, you can maintain your independence, and in the long run, save a substantial amount of money on senior living.
This collaborative post is from Handicare.