Whether they stay in your home or relocate to another home, more of our parents want to stay out of facilities and in the home of their choosing.
The homes in which aging adults have raised their families, and even most homes built more recently, probably weren’t designed with seniors’ needs in mind. A remodel or relocation may be in order for them to do as they desire so the live in a home that is equipped to accommodate the needs of aging bodies and minds.
Design Trends for Seniors Aging in Place
- One floor living with clear movement in the living space. It is desirable that there are no steps to climb for bedrooms, living areas or garage entry.
- Entry into the house from the garage and front door with no steps. It might mean that a ramp will be needed. An awning or cover over the door is preferred.
- Maintenance free dwellings. Little or no outside work, living spaces that are easy to clean, and newer appliances.
- More storage especially in the kitchen that is more accessible. High cabinets that are difficult to reach are undesirable.
- Appliances that are placed at comfortable heights to avoid bending over.
- Drawers instead of cabinets which are easier to access.
- Cabinet hardware that allows doors to hide away while in use.
- Tall knee height counters in the bathroom to allow sitting down for tasks.
- Raised toilet seats
- No threshold showers that allow open access
Many of us could use these modifications in our homes anyway, but the seniors for whom we care especially could benefit from these changes to their homes as they would make it possible to live more safely and comfortably while aging in place.
Do you have other items on your wish list so that your parents can stay put? We would love you to share with us today.