Age-Friendly Home Renovations

Age-Friendly Home Renovations
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    Many elderly homeowners feel the need to adapt their home to better suit their way of life as they grow older and require more help and care.

    These changes are usually small and don't require that much professional help or investing.

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It’s possible to renovate your home with the needs of the elderly in mind while still keeping a sense of personal style and aesthetic. In fact, safety-related renovations will also give your home a new and fresh look in the process.

Stairs

Stairs could be a dangerous place for an elderly person or at least an uncomfortable one. It’s best to start the remodeling there to avoid any possible accidents. The main change to make is to be sure that every individual stair is visible and possibly a bit wider than it used to be.

It’s also useful to add a handrail even if it takes up a bit of space on your stairs. It’s the best way to be safe without having to add a ramp. The surface of the stairs should also be adapted so it isn’t slippery and that it dries up easily.

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Lighting

A well-lit home is a safer home but also the one that allows you to use it more comfortably and to accent your design aesthetic. It’s best to light the room in layers. Start with the overhead lights and then add accent and task lights, depending on where you need them. In the end, you should add mood and ambiance lights.

It’s also useful to automate lights wherever you can. This is especially true for large homes that would require a lot of work to turn all the lights off and on each time you need to.

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Flooring

Slippery floors could cause accidents and injuries that can be quite troubling for an elderly person. It’s best therefore to install safe and easy to clean flooring throughout the house. This is especially true in kitchens and bathrooms.

It’s best if most of your home is covered with carpets and mats. They are both less slippery and warmer than the alternatives. It will also lower your heating and AC bills over time and these savings add up. Take the time to investigate the materials you use, to avoid allergic reactions.

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Comfortable furniture

The main feature to look for in furniture is for it to spacious and comfortable enough. Elderly homeowners should prefer those features to aesthetic and experimenting with design. Large leather lounge suites are therefore the best option for the main living room and entertaining guests.

This large piece of furniture usually becomes the centerpiece of the room and you shouldn’t place it against a wall, or the room will appear to be smaller and boxed in. Once you have the centerpiece the accent and ambiance items will fall into place.

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Outdoor garden

Not all home renovations need to be focused on safety and making the home more comfortable. It’s also important for the home to be a place of enjoyment, entertainment and a place for hobbies. One such additional can be a small outdoor garden.

A garden doesn’t have to require that much work and be choosing the right plants; you could design it to fit the needs and the abilities of the elderly owner. By adding a small patio, the garden could become a place to relax and invite friends over.

A home needs to be adapted to suit the needs of the elderly owner. These changes should focus on safety and comfort and they don’t need to be costly.

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