There are many reasons why you would want to consider the principles of Aging in Place when thinking about remodeling or moving. Creating a home that is safe and comfortable is very important in your home and not just as you age. Low maintenance choices should also be high on the list of things you want to include in your planning. You don’t have to be a senior to get overwhelmed with upkeep. Wouldn’t it be nice that if something gets spilled, it can be cleaned up quickly and with minor effort?
Aging in Place concepts take into account the safety and comfort of everyone living or visiting your home. This does not necessarily mean that you have to be a senior yourself: it could be that you have a friend who comes by and you would like your home to be visitable. Maybe you have an aging parent that sometimes visits or an aging relative is coming to live with you. What if you become incapacitated in some way? Wouldn’t you want your home comfortable and livable without having to have major renovations done just so you could go home? All of these reasons and just wanting to prepare for your future are very good reasons to consider design with Aging in Place principles.
Aging in Place is not just about grab bars in the bathroom. An easy to clean floor that has a bit of give underfoot and isn’t slippery is a good choice for your kitchen. Adequate lighting in all rooms and in important places like at the top and bottom of stairways is important. Having an easy access entry that you don’t have to struggle climbing steps and that is wide enough to carry groceries through is another Aging in Place principle. Using door levers instead of door knobs is so much easier when opening a door. Even D shaped door handles on drawers, cupboards and closets is another good choice.
As you can see, there are so many things can be done to make your home more comfortable and safer for you applying the concepts used in Aging in Place adaptations. You don’t have to be a senior to consider being pro-active and using the common sense principles of Aging in Place. Think about it.