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Tips for Elderly-Friendly Home Renovation

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Blog post Courtesy of Tanya Douglas

The common problems

When it comes to home renovation, you need to identify common problems first. This will help you see what the risks are and what your primary focus should be. Some of the usual challenges that seniors face include:

  • risks of tripping and falling
  • visibility issue
  • wheelchair access to the most important parts of the house
  • easy maintenance of the house as well as access to commonly used storage areas
  • Keeping your needs in mind, you can come up with adaptation solutions in your or your parents’ home that will allow them to spend their retirement there. 

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    Slippery floors are a common cause of injuries, so be sure to consider that in your next elderly-friendly home renovation

    The most useful tips for elderly-friendly home renovation

    Considering the common problems of the elderly, we’ve gathered a list of tips that will make aging in the house safe and peaceful.

    Opening doors and windows made easy

    Older adults need to have easy access to all the rooms in the house. They should also be able to open the windows with ease. If some of your doors and windows have handles that are difficult to open and need to be pulled strongly – try to replace them with a better solution. Also, doorknobs are often difficult to grab and can be pretty slippery, so replacing them with lever handles is the best thing to do. Seniors will have a better and stronger grip.

    A safer bathroom

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    Make sure there are places to grab in the slippery bathroom to prevent accidents. alt.tag: a shower bar handle

    Make sure there are places to grab in the slippery bathroom to prevent accidents. alt.tag: a shower bar handle

    Replace the floors

    If you have senior occupants, shiny, slippery floors like marble or tiles can be a problem. That’s why floor replacement should be a part of making your home elderly-friendly. Choose floors such as laminate or hardwood, depending on your budget, instead of the smoothest possible materials. Furthermore, if your house has deep pile carpeting, it’s best to replace it with a low-pile one. It will surely make walking easier and safer, especially if people in the house use a walker.

    Lights and switches

    Clear high-frequency areas

    Tripping and falling are unfortunately common accidents as we get older. That’s why one step of elderly-friendly home renovation should be clearing out high-frequency areas such as the entrance, hallways, and stairs. Remove everything unnecessary and clear the way to minimize the risks of tripping. Furthermore, this will make the house more accessible for wheelchair users. Obstructions are usually décor items, rugs, plants, umbrella holders, etc. Move them to a better location and make the space safer and easier to move around.

    Make sure your belongings are safe during renovation

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    Renovation makes the house dusty and not suitable for your furniture – make sure you take it somewhere safe.

    Clear high-frequency areas

    Sometimes, elderly-friendly home renovation takes a lot of energy and money. In that case, it’s best to relocate to a new home that’s more suitable for your current needs. This can be a ground-floor house where you can get everything you need without taking the stairs. Or a home in a more convenient location, closer to the city amenities you now need the most. It’s all about finding the most cost-effective solution that will save you money and time and make life easier and more comfortable.

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