Aging In Place
Aging in place is becoming increasingly popular. Many people want to stay in the home they’ve built years of memories in. Remaining in a familiar environment is something many seniors desire, despite the complications that may arise. This can lead to a decline in quality of life because everyday tasks can become increasingly difficult. Whether you or a loved one decide to age at home, we’ve prepared some home adjustments that can make it more practical.
The kitchen can cause some of the biggest challenges when aging in place. But fear not! Replace drawer handles to D-shape pulls for easier grip. Or if you have more to spend, consider touch drawer systems, which opens the drawer with a push. You may want to consider a lever-style or motion-sensor faucet.
Kitchen countertops can be inaccessible to those in wheelchairs. While you can lower the countertops, an inexpensive alternative is adding a worktable. Make sure it has enough room to fit a wheelchair underneath and is a good height for prepping.
Sleeping patterns change with age, and many find they are unable to sleep consistently. Try an adjustable mattress for the perfect sleeping position. Along with changing the mattress, consider bed rails. Falling while in bed can be unexpected and sudden but is easily preventable. Bumper pads can be placed over the rails for maximum comfort. Once out of bed, create a clear path to the door to avoid tripping. This can be done with carpeting or anti-slip mats.
Halls & Living Room
All hallways should be very well lit. Add light strips to the ground for better visibility. To accommodate wheelchairs, halls should also be at least 38 inches wide. Doorknobs can be difficult to grip. Try switching to a lever style, which can be much easier for those with arthritis or grip issues.
Is the floor non-slip? A quick and easy solution is gripped, non-slip socks or low-profile carpets. Consider sit-to-stand recliners—they make a relaxing and practical piece for the home. Always losing the TV remote? Add Velcro to the remote and the arm of a couch– it should never be lost again!
If there are any stairs in the home, it’s best to avoid everyday use. If it is necessary, consider a chair lift. While it can be pricey, it’ll make going up and down stairs much easier. Grip tape and gripped handrails can be added to stairs for safer use.
Bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous places for aging seniors. Non-slip mats are an inexpensive way to prevent falling. Add grab bars to the shower, bathtub, and toilet area to make standing a breeze. If you have more to spend, a sit-down shower can be the safest option and still allows for a sense of normality.
Aging in place is less expensive in most cases than long-term care and assisted living. If you or your loved one needs more medical care than you or they can provide, consider in-home care.
Many people focus on their physical and mental health while aging, but financial health is just as important! A set financial plan can ensure financial stability to help seniors stay at ease. Do you have a retirement plan set? Whether you’re looking to begin or revise, we’re here to help! We offer complimentary consultations—schedule here to chat about your retirement financial plan.