Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.
If you're reaching your golden years, it's time to start thinking about safety concerns. If you've decided that a senior community isn't for you, there are ways for you to remain at home. In fact, many seniors are choosing to age in place. Once you've decided to age in place, you'll need to modify your home so that it can adapt to your changing mobility concerns. You might not realize this, but your bathroom can present some significant safety concerns, especially if you're experiencing changes to your mobility. Here are three changes you can make to modify your bathroom so that you can safely age in place.
If you have a bathtub, or traditional shower enclosure in your bathroom, changing mobility may make it difficult for you to shower safely. Health-related issues such as arthritis can make it impossible to step over the side of the tub, or even over the shower threshold. If you need to use a shower chair, traditional showers and tubs can be even more difficult to use. That's where walk-in showers come in. Walk-in showers provide a seamless transition into the shower stall because there are no thresholds to step over. With a walk-in shower, you'll be able to continue providing for your own personal hygiene even after mobility issues become a concern.
Arthritis in your hips and knees can make it difficult to use the toilet, especially if you have a standard-height toilet installed in your home. If you plan on aging in place, consider installing an elevated toilet in your bathroom. Standard toilets have a height of about 14" from floor to rim, while ADA approved toilets have a height of about 17"-19" from floor to rim. The additional height will allow you to lift and lower yourself from the toilet with greater comfort, and less stress on your hips and knees. While you're making modifications to your toilet, you'll want to have a grab bar installed. The grab bar will provide you additional assistance when lifting yourself up from the toilet.
If you have vinyl or tile flooring in your bathroom, you might be at risk for slip-and-fall accidents once you begin suffering from mobility concerns. There are a couple of modifications you can make to prevent slip-and-fall accidents in the bathroom. One way is to have slip-resistant flooring installed. If you'd prefer to keep the flooring that you already have, try placing slip-resistant shower stickers on your tile. The stickers will create a slip-resistant surface on your floor, which will help protect you from falls.
If you'd prefer to age in place, the modifications provided here will help you get your home prepared for the transition.