Ways Retirees Remodel Instead of Moving

As the population ages, more people are opting to stay in the home they already own, rather than downsizing or moving to a retirement home. With the desire to remain in their ‘forever home’ comes the need to adjust their living situation to accommodate their needs as they age.

Defiant against old stereotypes, today’s seniors are more mobile, more independent, and happier than ever before.

Defiant against old stereotypes, today’s seniors are more mobile, more independent, and happier than ever before.

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the needs of seniors and how remodeling can address those needs to prevent them from being forced to move as their circumstances change.

Stepping easy

One universally agreed upon policy we hear from retired adults is that they are no longer willing to fight stairs. Beyond this, many don’t even want to navigate steps.

Ground floor master bedrooms allow for the advantages of owning a large home without the need to climb the stairs every night at bedtime. For those homes which already have steps, ramps are an option which eliminates front doorsteps.

Bathrooms with walk-in showers and baths make life easier for those who become mobility compromised. Handrails also make moving about easier and a fall less likely. A fall in the bathroom always seems worse because there is a minimal amount of space.

Window treatments

A popular option with seniors is window shutters. Shutters will allow natural light in as vision ages, but also offer control for both privacy and amount of light. Windows are also a great way to disconnect from the constant stream of media influx and relax and enjoy the world.

Lower cabinets

Lower cabinets are nonstandard, but as more kitchen features such as appliances have started hiding under the counter, it makes perfect sense for cabinets to be lower, too. Universal access has universal appeal!

Wider doorways and hallways

A portable scooter allows this retired physician to remain mobile and involved with the aid of wide hallways and double doors in his home.

A portable scooter allows this retired physician to remain mobile and involved with the aid of wide hallways and double doors in his home.

Wider doorways, double doors, and hallways which will provide the space to navigate a scooter or wheelchair make the rooms of a home more accessible to those who own mobility devices. Some opt for wider doorways but skip the wider hallways because remodeling hallways designs can incur substantial expense.

Lock hardware

Replacing doorknobs with door levers is a simple way to ease accessibility without compromising safety or quality.

Smart homes

The ease with which a homeowner can do everything from changing the temperature on the thermostat to check out who just rang the front doorbell from the comfort of their armchair means seniors are no longer required to jump up to change temperature settings or check out every noise. Smart locks and gates mean security and ease of use, something which frail hands much appreciate.

Also, Smart technology can offer family members the peace of mind they need by providing a series of alerts or two-way communication.

Living well means being independent and having the options to live successfully and happily with a minimal amount of outside interference or worry.

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