People who are 55 or older are less likely to move and buy/build new homes and more likely to age in place because most of these households feel satisfied with their homes and the communities in which they live. According to a American Housing Survey (AHS), 55+ households (on average) rated the overall satisfaction with their current home as 8.6 out of 10.
If you or a loved one wants to remain your home, chances are some modifications might be needed to help you age in place. According to this article by AARP, your bathroom should be the first target for an aging-in-place remodel. Not only should you remodel the bathroom, but if it’s not located on the first floor of your house, consider moving it.
In the article, Dan Bawden, owner of Legal Eagle Contractors in Houston, said that having a first-floor full bathroom is crucial. “If you don't currently have one, it might seem like a large expense. But compared to installing an elevator or chair lift, it could be more economical.”
In addition to being more economical for you, it’s more convenient too. A first floor bathroom will help you get to the bathroom immediately.
When you’re making aging-in-place modifications to your bathroom, here are some of the things to keep in mind:
• Your doorway should be a minimum of 32 inches wide. Most older homes are 24 inches which is too narrow if you or your loved one is in a wheelchair or even uses a walker. Ideally you can just reframe the doorway, but if money is an issue, they do make special hinges now that can give you a few more inches of space.
• In the bathing area itself, Bawden recommends a curbless shower with a bench and grab bars. If that’s not feasible, you may want to tile the shower area and add recessed shelves at arm's level so you don’t have to stoop down to the floor or reach up to a shower rack. You can also add a ceramic bench and grab bars.
• The most important component is of bathroom modifications is the toilet itself. Because getting up from a seated position takes a little more effort, add a grab bar and consider a taller-than-average model toilet.
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 in this page or call 330-896-2000.