One reason many seniors are unable to stay in their home as they age is problems with mobility. Even with limited mobility, many people over the age of 55 would be better able to care for themselves if only their home was better suited to a walker or wheelchair; and if necessities were easier to access in the kitchen and in bathrooms. Fortunately, due to the growing population of people over the age of 55, finding home modification services to help you make your home in Dallas, TX more accessible may be easier than you think. Here are some ideas for making aging in place in Dallas, TX, a reality.
Accessible bathrooms don’t have to feel industrial and cold. Bathrooms can be renovated to not only make it easier to maneuver a wheelchair or walker, but they can include the same upgrades and finishes of a typical bathroom, thanks in large part to Universal Design principles becoming industry standard. Bathroom modifications for those wishing to age in place may include a walk-in shower, or curbless shower, or a larger shower with fixed benches or chairs to make showering safer and more comfortable, or even a walk-in Whirlpool bathtub, which in addition to safety has many other health benefits. And, of course, it’s important to not overlook simple things such as grab bars, which can significantly reduce the risk of falling in the shower.
There’s more to think about in terms of accessibility in the kitchen beyond having room to maneuver. Renovating the kitchen provides the opportunity to install cabinets that are easier to reach in order to have access to things that are often stored overhead in hard-to-reach places. Additionally, lowering cabinets and countertops can significantly reduce the risk of falling by decreasing the need to bend or reach in order to access hard-to-reach items. Even the kitchen faucet can present a challenge for those suffering from limited dexterity. Lever-style faucets accommodate low dexterity because they turn on and off more easily than fixtures with rounded knobs. Furthermore, anti-scald devices can be added to virtually any faucet to eliminate the risk of burns. Another modificiation that can greatly reduce the risk of injury is front-control appliances, especially front-controlled stovetops which prevent users from having to reach over flames or heated surfaces.
Ramps are a great way to accommodate mobility challenges both inside and outside the home. Ramps can either be purchased pre-built from a reputable manufacturer, or they can be custom built to match the rest of your home. Although ramps are a great way to overcome mobility issues in your home, if your house has multiple levels you may need to have a stair lift installed. Stair lifts made by reputable manufacturers are safe, reliable, and can be fastened to virtually any staircase.
According to surveys conducted by AARP, most individuals over the age of 55 would prefer to remain in their current home as they age. By modifying your home to accommodate your current and future mobility and accessibility needs, you can stay in your home for as long as possible.