To Age in Place, Renovate!
Updated: Oct 6, 2022
If you (or someone you love) wants to grow old in the comfort of home, renovating the kitchen and bath with aging in mind is an excellent investment.
Renovations made with accessibility in mind won’t just help older family members, they will be vital for anyone dealing with a physical disability or recovering from an injury or illness. These renovations can also increase the value of your home.
The kitchen is always a good place to start.
Kitchen renovations tend to recoup a large portion of renovation dollars in resale value. They also improve the entertainment and hosting capacity of a home. Consider replacing your kitchen sink with an apron-front or farmhouse sink to make it easier to use from a stool or wheelchair. Instead of knobs on your cabinets, choose handles, which are easier to grip. Swing-out shelving will make hard-to-reach items easier to access, and sensor-activated lights and water can help both children and adults.
The bathroom should be next on your list. Make renovations with future mobility and usability in mind. Consider installing a no-threshold shower that doesn’t require a high leg lift to enter. Non-skid floor tiles will reduce slipperiness, and taller toilets make access easier.
If you’re renovating, it’s always a good idea to think about floors and doors. Would a person using a walker or wheelchair have difficulty getting around? Widening doorways and replacing carpeting with wood, tile, or laminate floor coverings will increase the long-term livability of your home.
If you want to help an elderly loved one maximize the chances of aging in familiar surroundings, Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law may be able to help. Just give us a call at 615.824.2571.