Accessible Abode: 4 Ways To Remodel Your Home For Your Senior Years

Accessible Abode: 4 Ways To Remodel Your Home For Your Senior Years
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    Before you reach your golden years, you need to think about how you're going to safely move around your home.

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There could be some issues with your physical health that would prevent you from getting out of bed as easily as before or taking a shower without needing somewhere to sit. Fortunately, there are a few remodeling ideas that you can put into place in the home now before you reach a point in life where you aren’t able to perform the work.

Easy Entry Access

Walking up and down stairs when you’re older could pose an issue if you have arthritis or if you simply can’t get the legs to bend the right way. Remove the steps that are in front of the home or use them as a base for a ramp that leads to the front door. A stepless entryway is beneficial if you have a walker or a wheelchair so that you can easily get from the car or the yard to the inside of the home.

Showering Down

One of the rooms in the home that poses many safety concerns is the bathrooms. You’ll likely want to maintain your dignity as much as possible by taking your own shower. Install a shower seat or rails to make it easier to bathe without feeling weak while standing. Another idea is to remove the tub and install a walk-in shower. It will be easier than stepping over the side of the tub, and you can take a walker or a wheelchair in while bathing. Companies like Rolox Home Services can remove the tub for you and assist you if you’re insure of the best way to move forward.

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Convenient Cooking

The kitchen is another area of the home where you want to enhance safety features. Make sure the smoke detector works, and consider changing a gas stove to one that’s electric. Install brighter lights to make it easier to see while cooking and preparing meals. If cabinets are at a higher level, consider changing them out so that they are closer to the floor. This will prevent straining of the arms and help to prevent dropping items that you get from higher shelves.

Light The Way

It can sometimes be harder to see when you get older. There are health conditions that might make it difficult to see, such as cataracts, or the home might not be bright enough. Install lights along the sidewalk and other outside areas where you walk. Change the bulbs in the home so that they are brighter. Install lights in the hallways that are easy to turn on at night without flipping a switch.

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Remodeling the home so that it’s safe when you’re older is something you want to think about now. It’s best to get the tasks done as soon as you can so that you can enjoy retirement without worrying about falling in the home or injuring yourself completing daily activities. Consider getting a contractor to walk in the home with you to point out concerns that need to be addressed.

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