Planning ahead can make aging in place much easier.
It’s never too early to think about making your home more user-friendly for your future, your aging family members, or guests of various ability levels. Many of these considerations can be put in place during interior updates or renovations, and it can save a lot of headaches and costs later in life or when you have a houseful of multi-generational guests.
There are lots of ways to make your home easier for everyone; here are just a few to get you started:
- Replace kitchen and bathroom cabinet handles with touch latches. Touch latches not only eliminate protrusions into your rooms (which is especially helpful in smaller spaces), but they also make it easier for those with arthritis or other flexibility impairments to open and close doors.
- Make sure thresholds are level to prevent tripping accidents and for wheelchair users.
- Make any necessary rooms and guest items available on the first floor of your home so those who can’t climb stairs can access them.
- Replace coffee tables with cushioned ottomans in heavily used rooms to eliminate injuries against hard table edges and corners. This is a good consideration for homes with young children and older adults as well.
A little forethought now can prevent lots of remorse later!