If you are a part of the sandwich generation or a baby boomer, you may be starting to realize your parents or older relatives are in need of some lifestyle changes. None of us want to see our loved ones get to the point where they need assistance but we all will be there at some point. It’s certainly been a growing trend with us at S. Gentry Custom Homes and we consider safety, independence and comfortability.
Several of our clients are remodeling their homes or their parent’s home to allow for #aginginplace. Some of the considerations are renovating bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, entries and thresholds and adding rooms to allow for living on the first floor. Another option to consider is to downsize and build a smaller, accessible home, depending on financial considerations.
This website article gives examples of necessary adjustments to be made: http://www.ageinplace.org/Practical-Advice/Housing/article/Making-Your-Home-Senior-Friendly
- No step entries
- Garage Lifts
- Bathrooms: lowering sink and counter heights with adequate knee space, roll – in showers with reachable fixtures and spray options
- Kitchens: installing wall ovens at lower height, lowering counters and sinks, and having adequate maneuverability room
- Installing adequate lighting throughout the home to avoid accidents
The National Association of Home Builders lists several other considerations:
- Low Maintenance Exteriors (brick, vinyl, low maintenance plants)
- Interiors (no steps between rooms, 36” minimum width doors)
- Clearance (5 x 5’ turning radius in living, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom)
- Hallways (36” minimum width)
- Entry (accessible path of travel to entry, ramps to access entry)
- Garage (wide enough and covered for vans with wheel chair access)
Look for upcoming photos on our website of these kinds of remodels and additions. We hope this kind of article is helpful to you when you need to consider helping your relatives age in place.
Montgomery County Meals on Wheels: http://www.mowmc.org/