Resistance is futile!
What do we resist most in our society? Number one on most people’s list is aging; we’re reluctant to admit that we’re getting on in years! You can buy lotion, potions and pills that promise to slow the effects of the natural aging processes but time takes its toll and our bodies gradually wear out. What does any of this have to do with Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths?
Studies have shown that most accidents involving older adults happen right in their own homes and most often in the bathroom. We are the local bathroom experts and we have researched ways to make bathrooms safer. This research led to further study about preparing entire homes for retirement. The result is a list of home modifications to help cut down on falls and other accidents, allowing older adults to stay in their family home independently and out of an assisted living facility.
The pro-active decision to make your home safer will not only add to your comfort and peace of mind but will also increase the resale value of your house. As Baby Boomers reach retirement the demand for homes already adapted for safety will be enormous. Delaying a move into an Assisted Living facility for even one year can save tens of thousands of dollars, making any safety modification investment a significant bargain in comparison.
Click to expand each section to see recommendations for remodeling your home to increase safety.
Recommendations for Aging in Place Remodeling
- Adapt the lower floor of the home for single level living
- Increase the general and specific task lighting
- Create easy garage or parking access
- There should be at least one entry with no steps
- Install lever door handles instead of knobs
- Adjustable controls on light switches are very useful
- Install luminous switches in bedrooms, baths and hallways
- Strobe light or vibrating smoke and burglar alarms for hearing impaired
- Contrasting colors between floor and walls add to safety
- Slip resistant flooring is much safer
- Enhanced high and low frequency tones for doorbells and telephones
- Lever faucets and faucet mixers with anti-scald valves
- Temperature-controlled shower and tub fixtures
- Stall shower with a low threshold, shower seat, and hand-held shower head
- Grab bars at back and sides of shower, tub and toilet
- Turn around and transfer space for walker or wheelchair
- Installation of medical response device
- Easy to grasp cabinet knobs or pulls
- Task lighting under counters
- Adjustable upper shelves and pull out lower shelves
- Variety in kitchen counter height – some as low as table height (30 inches)
- Gas sensor near gas cooking, water heater and gas furnace
- Color or pattern borders at counter edges for visual contrast