In our previous blog this month, we talked about utilizing Universal Design concepts to create functional, inviting spaces that meet the needs of everyday life while also enabling homeowners to age in place. There are renovations that specifically address the mobility, accessibility, dexterity and cognitive issues that may arise as homeowners age.


Fall Prevention

One of the central concepts driven home by the Aging in Place model is the prioritization of fall prevention in remodeling layouts. Some examples of renovations that may be made for fall prevention include living, sleeping and bathroom areas all on a first-floor level. Wide doorways and hallways to allow for wheelchairs to pass through. Level transitions between rooms. Non-slip flooring. Ample lighting, and at least one no-stair point of entry to the home.


Other remodeling design elements that may be incorporated include curbless showers which allow for easy entry and exit. Strategically placed handrails is another element. Also, drawer style dishwasher, microwave, and dinnerware storage systems.


Enhancing visibility

Enhancing visibility to further promote safety is accomplished by installing effective and reliable lighting inside and outside the home. These fixtures can feature motion sensors and timers which are activated when needed and conserve energy when they are not. Natural lighting may be increased by incorporating extra windows and skylights.


Other aging-in-place considerations may include challenges pertaining to dexterity. For example, replacing knobs with lever style handles can make opening and closing doors much more comfortable and they look terrific. Installing light switches, microwaves, and dish drawers at lower heights can significantly increase accessibility. Side-by-side refrigerator and freezer units, front facing laundry equipment, and stoves with front controls also allow for less reaching and easier access.


Aesthetics & Advanced Craftsmanship

Renovations for universal design not only increase safety and convenience, they are also attractively designed. Advanced craftsmanship enables practical elements to be incorporated in the home to complement and preserve its distinct character and style, while at the same time, provide easy to navigate living spaces for years to come.


To learn more about The Remodeling Company’s Senior Remodeling Services division which focuses on Universal Design, or to arrange an aging-in-place consultation, click here or call 781-861-6400.