If you plan to stay in your home after retirement home remodeling for aging in place should be strongly considered. If you plan to move at some point then this issue may not be that important. For anyone who wants to stay in their home as long as possible, any changes they make should be well thought out. The picture shows wheel chair access to the oven and the sink. This is just one tiny example. There are many aspects to consider and there are resources available to provide you with ideas.
Home Remodeling for Aging in Place
Important considerations anytime you plan on remodeling and plan to age in place include the following:
- No step entry into your home at the front entrance or garage entry
- Being able to live on one floor of your home
- Light switches and outlets should be reachable at any height
- Hallways and doors should be wide enough to accommodate wheel chairs.
- All faucet handles should be lever style rather than twist type.
These are general items to consider. Any time you remodel or renovate your home there may be many other considerations to think about. Imagine yourself in a wheel chair or getting around using crutches or a cane. Evaluate all of your day to day activities and assess whether you could complete them with out remodeling your home.