Housing costs aren’t dropping. As such, it’s no surprise that many homeowners are deciding that staying in place is a better option for them than ever before. After all, modern technology is making it easier for us to stay more active later in life and enjoy things more completely – and staying in homes longer has never been more important or easier than it is now.
Of course, this often means that remodeling, adding new devices, and other steps are needed. Taking some proactive steps to make your home more manageable and safer is important – not just for you, but for everyone in the family. With that in mind, it’s important to take a step back and really look at how you’re utilizing your home now and how you’ll be using it in the future.
This can involve some planning. Aging will have a major impact on your life as you move through it and keeping your home manageable and safe is very important. With that in mind, here are some things to keep in mind that can help keep you in your home for longer.
More light can help you see better and stay safer. From outside to under the cabinets to appliance lighting and even flooring lighting, adding these little touches is something that can have a tremendous impact on your life and on your future. Keep it in mind to keep your home safer and ensure that you’re able to get more from it.
Yes, flooring matters. Not only can new flooring be easier to clean than your old flooring is, but it can also be slip resistant and keep you safe as well as comfortable when you are in the shower. Modern flooring options range from wood to laminate to even carpet, but be sure that you pick something that is functional as well as attractive.
Bath and Shower
More than 235,000 people are sent to the ER every year for bathroom related injuries – and roughly one third of those injuries happen when bathing or showering. Making small changes can have a big impact on your safety. For instance, you can update your tub with a walk in tub that lets you continue to enjoy soaking while still not having a trip hazard.
Curbless showers let you step into and out of the shower without worrying about tripping or falling either, and adding a shower bench is a smart move that lets you get extra support. Plus, don’t’ forget grab bars to help you in and out of the tub in any situation.
Overall Safety Updates
There are plenty of other things to consider as well. Are your pathways and walkways even and free from cracked or off-balance surfaces? Does your water pressure hold up well? Are your doorknobs easy to use?
Consider the above points and then review the rest of your home in a similar manner. You should be able to determine just what your home needs to keep you in it for years to come.