Many people want to stay in their home as long as possible, but have yet considered how their home will adapt to their change in needs. There are several areas of your home you may want to consider remodeling well before the situation becomes urgent.
A versatile addition to many kitchens would be an adjustable-height island or at least one with varying heights. This way, whether you are sitting (either in a wheelchair or on a stool) or standing, the island can remain accessible for virtually anyone in the home. When you add certain amenities to the island, such as a good cutting surface and prep sink, your island can serve multiple purposes with less need to move around the kitchen. The positioning of your oven and refrigerator should be considered. A problem can occur when opening the doors makes it difficult to maneuver around the appliances. Avoiding these problems might involve dedicating more space to your remodeling project when updating the kitchen.
One of the most important changes you can make to remodel your bathroom is to include a walk-in tub or shower. Even small changes in range-of-motion in your legs can make stepping into the tub a challenge. With a walk-in tub, the possibility of falls is greatly reduced. Additionally, if anyone uses a wheelchair, it may be easier for them to transition from their chair to the shower seat, with or without help. Walk-in tubs are comfortable to use for anyone, so you do not need to be concerned about the tub becoming a nuisance for other people in the home. Raising the height of the toilet seat can also make your bathroom fit your needs a little better. Simply having a toilet seat a few inches taller than normal can make a big difference if you have knee problems.
Having a transition space between the indoors and outdoors, such as an enclosed patio, can be an attractive feature. The transition between your home and the enclosed patio, and the patio and yard should occur with minimal, if any, steps. This makes all spaces user-friendly, even if anyone in your home as physical limitations. Having an enclosed patio can mean you can continue to enjoy many of the elements of the outdoors, but with comfortable seating and other amenities. Some people choose to include ceiling fans, lighting, and even a place to cook outdoors. An enclosed patio can turn into a place of peace and serenity, or a more spacious place to entertain guests, regardless of the season or weather.
Remodeling projects related to aging in place should not be put off until the situation becomes urgent. As you grow older, there are small changes you can make during remodeling that will allow your home to adapt to potential changes you experience. Contact a company, like Kavin Construction, for more help.