Creating a home that “ages in place” is a valuable investment not just for families with seniors, but also for those who plan to live out and spend their golden years in their own home. Despite this, many homeowners aren’t sure how to make their dwellings easier and more convenient for the elderly.
In this post, Handyman Connection® of Boise discusses simple ways to make your home age in place and, by extension, become more senior-friendly.
Change Your Entryways
One of the first things to do is to change your home’s entryways. While one step might not be a big thing now, once you get older, it’s a big hindrance and an obstacle you’d rather not face every day. Consider reducing the steps or completely removing them from your entrances now.
If the prospect of removing the entry step interferes with the design, consider reworking it into a slope or ramp. This is a great change since it accommodates people who simply have trouble climbing steps or are in wheelchairs.
Install Handles in Bathrooms
The bathroom can easily become the most dangerous place in your home once you get older; it’s already dangerous as it is with the risk of slipping. The simplest way to make your bathroom safer is to install a handle or grab bar. That way, you’d have something to hold onto as you move about the bathroom.
Install Ample Lighting
Finally, adequate lighting throughout your home can make your living spaces a lot safer and look larger. We recommend replacing your old incandescents with compact fluorescent light bulbs. They are more energy efficient and shine brighter.
Let Handyman Connection of Boise assist you in making your home age in place. Fill out our form, or give us a call at (208) 268-0088 to learn more about our services.