Aging in Place Remodeling Advice for Baby Boomers
While baby boomers born in the 1960s are nearing retirement, boomers born during the 40s and 50s are entering their golden years. In fact, by the year 2020, 45% of all US households will have a resident of 55 years or older.
Why should I care?
If you’re included in this population, or if you’ll be living with a loved baby boomer, it’s time to consider aging in place design for your home. While there are homes designed for aging in place, many baby boomers would prefer to remain in current homes and communities surrounded by the memories they’ve cherished for so many years.
Here are three tips to adapt your home to allow for aging in place with remodeling.
Widen Your Doorways
Widened doorways allow for easier use of walkers and wheelchairs if needed. Wide doors and frames are readily available, so this fix can be completed quickly and efficiently.
Retrofit the Bathroom
Grab bars, heightened toilets, and curb-less showers are some inexpensive upgrades that can help make the bathroom safer for everyone. Curb-less showers are one of the best retrofits for people who are considering aging in place design, and installation can typically be completed in a few days.
Improve Kitchen Accessibility
Lowering kitchen countertops and cabinets can help elderly residents access hard-to-reach items in the kitchen. This fix is particularly valuable for boomers with limited strength or who require the use of a wheelchair. For boomers who plan to live independently, this is a must.
Equus Construction can help provide easy, cost effective ways to make existing homes more safe and livable as you or your loved ones enter the golden years.