Remodeling with aging in place methods in mind will help keep your home functioning efficiently and safely—and also help protect its value. The National Association of Home Builders has a great design checklist to help you safeguard your home and loved ones as you build or remodel.
We focused on the entry, interior and your bathroom:
• There needs to be 32-inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
• Levered door hardware
• Lever handles or pedal-controlled
• Thermostatic or anti-scald controls
• Pressure balanced faucets
• Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
• Contrasting color edge border at countertops
• At least one wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or acceptable T-turn space and 36-inch by 36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space
• Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat, and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250-300 pounds
• If stand-up shower is used in main bath, it is curbless and minimum of 36-inches wide
• Bathtub - lower for easier access
• Fold down seat in the shower
• Adjustable/handheld showerheads, 6-foot hose
• Tub/shower controls offset from center
• Shower stall with built-in antibacterial protection
• Light in shower stall
• Toilet two and half inches higher than standard toilet (17-19 inches) or height-adjustable
• Design of the toilet paper holder allows rolls to be changed with one hand
• Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes
• Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower
Oftentimes, homeowners do not think ahead and how their advancing age can affect their home environments until it becomes a necessity. With a little foresight, homeowners can enjoy an independent lifestyle and thrive in place without undergoing a difficult and unexpected transition.
What kind of home modifications have you made to allow you or a loved one to age-in-place? If you haven’t made any yet, what types of home modifications do you think you may need someday?
Are you thinking of renovating or making some simple changes to your bathroom to make it more accessible? Let us help. Village Craftsmen offers a THRIVE Bathroom Design Safety Program to not only help you age in place, but thrive in place. An in-home, experienced rehabilitation technician will:
* LISTEN to your concerns regarding bathroom safety
* ASSESS your bathroom with the Thrive Safety Protocol
* PROVIDE you with recommendations for your safety & fall prevention
* ARRANGE for a quote to install safety enhancements if you desire
To learn more please complete the form on this page or call 330-896-2000.