3 Remodeling Projects for Seniors to Ensure Safety and Comfort
Aging in place has become a very important issue among older homeowners. As more seniors look for alternatives to life in a senior care facility, aging-in-place home upgrades have become increasing common.
While there are many small changes that can help homeowners stay in their home for longer, sometimes, bigger changes can make all the difference. If you’re a senior, these three aging-in-place remodels can help you live comfortably in your house for years after retirement.
- Curbless Showers
Curbless showers have made a splash in home remodels in recent years. They’re renowned for their elegance and beauty in the bathroom. Traditionally, curbs have been used to keep water in the shower. Without a curb, showers rely on a gentle slope in the floor to guide water to drain.
Curbless showers are senior-friendly because they’re easy to step into without tripping. If you have weakness in the legs or other parts of the body, curbless showers enable you to get into and out of the shower easily, with less threat of falling down.
Curbless showers, especially curbless showers that have no walls, also have the benefit of being more spacious than curbed showers. Without a bumper or a wall around the perimeter, the edges of the shower become difficult to define. This makes it easier to carry a shower stool into the shower area, and also makes it easier to move the stool around when necessary.
Curbless showers, though recognized as a senior-friendly product, are not just for seniors. If you want to install a good product for aging-in-place without making your home unappealing to younger buyers, a curbless shower is an excellent choice.
- Walk-In Tubs
Walk-in tubs are an alternative to curbless showers. Walk-in tubs function in a way that is similar to traditional bathtubs, with a few key differences. If you have limited mobility and want to take baths, a walk-in tub makes bathing relatively simple and safe. These products come equipped with a door that opens and closes for an easy entry and exit.
You’ll have to get into the tub before you start running the water. After stepping in, turn on the water and allow the tub to fill slowly. Walk-in tubs must drain before you can get out or the water will rush onto the floor.
Like other bathtubs, a walk-in tub can be used as a shower. However, walk-in tubs have a therapeutic component that standard bathtubs lack. Similar in some ways to a hot tub, the high walls of a walk-in tub give you a place where you can sit back and relax.
Warm water loosens tight muscles and can also help relieve pain from injuries. This makes walk-in tubs an excellent tool for seniors who are undergoing therapy for injuries or chronic conditions.
Unlike curbless showers, walk-in tubs do not have universal appeal. If you’re concerned about your home’s value, you may have an easier time marketing your home to future buyers by installing a curbless shower instead.
- Large, Easy-to-Use Windows
One of the problems that many seniors face in their homes is a lack of light. Poor lighting can lead to slips and falls as well as other accidents. Inadequate lighting also makes it hard to do everyday tasks like preparing food and finding lost objects.
There are many ways that you can fix a lack of lighting in your home. One effective method is to install larger windows. Large windows help ensure that daylight will enter your home, thus keeping the house bright and cheerful.
Natural lighting also helps improve mood. Seniors often struggle with problems like depression and anxiety. Natural lighting helps to fight problems like seasonal affective disorder.
When you install large windows throughout the house, you have a way to enjoy the beauty of nature and the warmth of the sun without spending extra time outside. This may become helpful if you ever reach an age where spending time outdoors becomes difficult.
As you’re picking new windows to install in your home, you’ll discover that there are a variety of different types of windows you can choose, and picking a window type can be a challenge. Casement windows tend to be the easiest windows for seniors to open. Casements don’t require you to lift anything. They’re opened by a crank that projects the window outward.
Contact Your Remodeling Contractor
If you’re a senior who is interested in aging in place in your home, now is the time to get in touch with a remodeling contractor. Your remodeling contractor can go over the options with you and discuss the pros and cons to each type of remodel you’re considering. To make an appointment, contact your remodeling contractor today.
If you would like more information about senior-friendly upgrades you can make, contact Four Seasons Home Products today.