Aging in Place: Home Modifications for Seniors
House Doctors helps make it possible for seniors to comfortably enjoy independent living in their own homes. Often homes with owners that are aging in place need modifications and repairs that will make it easier for daily living activities such as bathing, cooking, stair climbing, and more to be done safely. Home repairs that help make living at home more accessible and enjoyable for aging homeowners include:
- Grab Bars
- Easy-Access Hardware
- Faucets and Controls
- Door Widening
- Sliding and Bi-Fold Doors
- Walk In Showers and Seats
- Ramps and Bridges
- Push Button Locks
- Modified Walkways
- Non-Slip Flooring and Level Thresholds
Modifying the interior of your home for those aging make stress-free and comfortable living possible. One of the most common modifications is installing grab bars. Grab bars are widely used in homes for aging seniors. They make it easier to stand up, sit down, and ensure you do not slip and fall around the house. They are mostly used in bathrooms where it can be slick and hard to navigate without assistance. Another adjustment you can make is installing non-slip flooring. Non-slip flooring can decrease the risk of falling in your home and make it easier to move about, just like grab bars. Modifying the exterior of your home and not just the interior is also beneficial. Installing ramps and bridges outside can make access in and out of the front door and side doors more convenient for those with wheelchairs or power chairs. Along with making access easier in and out of your home, installing push button locks can eliminate discomfort and keep you and your home safe. If you have limited mobility in your hands and wrists, locking and unlocking your doors with a key can be difficult and painful. By having easy to push buttons to get in to your home rather than a key, you can leave and enter your home free of pain. Losing keys is very common, with push button locks, you won’t have to worry about that as a possibility, and you’ll still be keeping your home safe.
Trust that House Doctors, your reliable partner in home repair, can take care of all of the home modifications you need done in your to make your living space more suitable and safe for aging adults.
by Dennis Hatcher, Owner of House Doctors of Northern Richmond, VA
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