Aging in Place – The Latest Trends in Home Renovation

001_seniorsThe Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Many senior citizens prefer to remain in their homes and not have to enter a nursing home or move in with a family member…at least not until they absolutely have to. In order to make this happen, your home made need renovations or modifications to ensure it is a safe place for you to live.

In the common household, there exist many risks for injury to older adults which impacts their capability to successfully age in place. Among the greatest threats is falling. According to the CDC, the leading cause of injurious death among older adults is falls. This makes fall prevention crucial to one’s ability to age in place.

Some common features in an everyday household that create possible dangers could be the lack of support in the shower or bathroom, inadequate railings on the stairs, loose throw rugs and obstructed pathways. Some modifications to your home can greatly decrease the risk of falling or other forms of injury.

Examples of home modifications include increased lighting, ramps, railings, grab bars, nonskid flooring, stair lifts and walk-in bathtubs. Other modifications can be made as well depending on your home and anticipated needs. Also, for multiple story homes, a first floor bathroom and/or bedroom may be added to your home.

Speaking to a good contractor can help you decide the specific needs and make plans for your home. Depending on your specific home, recommendations can be made to help you stay in your home longer.

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