For seniors entering the stage of their lives where they need a little bit of help around the house, the thought of joining a senior living community might be upsetting. Many seniors are used to living in the comfort and stability of their own homes. This means it’s important to modify it to meet their changing needs, using universal design for aging in place.
This article will discuss universal design and why it matters to seniors looking to make their homes safer, more accessible, and more of a pleasure to use.
What Is Universal Design for Aging In Place?
The Center for Excellence in Universal Design website defines Universal Design as “the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.”
Consequently, by using universal design principles when making aging-in-place modifications to your home, you improve the living space for everyone! It doesn’t just become safer and easier for seniors to use, but also family members and children.
Another benefit is that aging-in-place modifications made with universal design principles are ADA-compliant. Making these changes to your home is easier than ever.
If you’re thinking of having an elderly parent or loved one move into your home or are considering modifications for their own home, it’s a great idea to start planning early.
What Modifications Can I Make?
Many modifications can make a home more friendly to seniors looking to age in place. But, they don’t have to look like they belong in a senior living institution, either! Providers can now make safe, accessible modifications that easily match your existing decor. They can even give your home a stylish upgrade in the process.
Some of these modifications include:
- Making cabinets more accessible
- Installing new handrails to impart stability while using stairs
- Upgrading lighting fixtures to modern, energy-efficient ones to improve visibility
- Replacing carpeting with wooden flooring to improve mobility
- Installing wheelchair-friendly or non-slip surfaces
And it doesn’t stop there! Assistive technology can add a new dimension of accessibility to your home while providing it with a striking new upgrade to your home. So, lights, fans, kitchen appliances, and the thermostat can all be controlled via the convenience of a smartphone. Security systems can monitor the home for intrusion and safety issues such as water leaks, gas leaks, and more.
Remember that making these changes early will allow you to reap the benefits without needing to make them in a rush later. It’s a great idea to discuss what you plan to do with a specialist provider. They’ll be able to give you a better idea of the modifications that will best suit your needs.
Home Comfort Solutions is a “total solution” provider of aging-in-place modifications and products. This means we perform evaluation, installation, routine maintenance, and repair. Our 30+ years of combined experience allows us to help you age in place with dignity, comfort, and safety. Call us today with any of your questions at (713) 623-1388.