What Is Aging In Place Remodeling?
No doubt you’ve heard the phrase “aging in place.” This phrase may mean different things to each of us. But the most common understanding of the phrase is the ability to stay in one’s home for as long as possible, regardless of age or physical ability.
What Are The Benefits Of Aging In Place?
Our homes are sacred. Familiar surroundings comfort us and nurture our emotional and psychological needs. Our personal design and decorating touches bring a sense of calm and comfort.
Homes contain a lifetime of cherished moments and memories: our children, holidays, birthdays, parties, laughter, and joy. The community that surrounds us is filled with irreplaceable relationships that have permanently enriched our lives.
Aside from sentimental value, the challenge of living in a house along with our daily routines benefit us by stimulating our brains, keeping us mentally sharp, and physically fit.
So, a new niche has surfaced: aging in place remodeling, which involves remodeling that adapts our environment to our physical needs as we age.
Given the rising cost of health care, aging in place remodeling makes perfect financial sense. Often the cost of remodeling can be comparable to a few months in an independent living community, where the monthly expense can range from $3,000 to $5,000. Some communities require a buy-in fee and may require long-term commitments
Avoiding the stress of relocating and staying in your home may be the best possible option to age in place. The key to aging in place as we approach the golden years is the ability to live in our home independently and safely.
As we age, our physical abilities change and we must either adapt to our environment or remodel our environment to suit our changing needs.
What Aging In Place Modifications Are Available For Bathrooms?
Good examples of aging in place remodeling are simple upgrades, such as handrails, non-slip surfaces, lever door and faucet handles, wider doors, lower thresholds, and better lighting.
But a bathroom remodel has the greatest potential to improve safety and reduce accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults should be aware of bathroom activities that are associated with a high risk for injury and of environmental modifications that might reduce that risk. Falls are the most common type of injury that occurs in the bathroom.
“Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older,” said Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist with the CDC.
The most common aging in place remodeling modifications include:
• Slip resistant flooring and shower flooring
• Low or no threshold shower
• Seated shower
• Walk-in tubs
• Handheld showerheads
• Comfort height toilet
• Grab bars
• Higher vanities
• Better lighting
• Lever handles or pedal-controlled faucets
• Thermostatic or anti-scald faucet controls
• Pressure balanced faucet controls
• Wheel chair accessibility
Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and the aging in place options are many, so the best way to design your bathroom is to consult a professional. An experienced bathroom designer will guide you through the process and offer options you may not have thought of.
Aging In Place Design Consultations and Estimates
Re-Bath of the Triangle offers innovative and practical aging in place remodeling designs in Raleigh NC, Durham NC, High Chapel Hill NC, and its surrounding area. If you are considering remodeling to make your bathroom more accessible and safer, please contact us so we can share our knowledge and experience with you.
Our no-pressure approach will guide you through the design options, help you select aging in place products, and give you a guaranteed price so you’ll know what it will cost to the penny. It’s fun, informative, and there is no obligation.