Many people are planning to remain in their homes for many reasons rather than move. With the economy the way it is, it would seem prudent to remodel rather than move. I would like to encourage you to consider the livability and visitability of your home and consider some easy things to plan for and incorporate in your remodel plans. As you remain in your home, you will have a greater accessibility for everyone who visits. A bonus to forward thinking with accessibility remodeling is that your home will be more marketable when and if you choose to sell in the future.
The smart and forward thinking thing to do is to consider including aging in place options or universal design choices in any remodeling you are going to do. Not all accessibility remodeling includes grab bars in the bathroom. By investing in some simple design options that contain accessibility elements, you will be practical in securing your future and your family’s future. Chances are that as we live longer, the chance of experiencing a debilitating accident or other mobility or sensory impairment increases.
The main idea behind aging in place and universal design is to increase the comfort, safety and accessibility of your home. Some of the main areas that design considerations should incorporate include the entryways and hallways, the bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms.
Consider a consultation with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). They can visit your home and do an evaluation of what works and some ideas that can be incorporated in your remodel. There is a lot of information available about aging in place design considerations. Check out the AARP website and also the NKBA website for design considerations.