When you reach retirement, it’s time to kick back and enjoy life with family and friends as much as possible, especially if you have good health and money to embrace it. As you grow older, inevitable adaptations and improvements are needed to make the home more comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient. A great aging-in-place design for your space is necessary. Your home should suit your needs, especially when you are in your senior years, and so looking at design ideas and renovations before they’re a necessity will make the changes easier to adjust to.
While adapting the lighting, fixtures, color schemes, or other aspects of universal design to make a home more functional, it is also necessary to look deeper into adapting your senior home. Although it’s unlikely you’ll make your home completely accident-free, here are some key ideas to think about to make you comfy and secure.
Start with a Financial Plan
Retirement can bring about unforeseen expenses such as medical bills, home renovations or simply getting accustomed to losing your monthly paycheck. If you want to modernize your home but don’t think you have the cash, one solution is to take out a reverse mortgage as a way of producing the extra income, and therefore eliminate any financial stress and worries to remodel your home.
Generally, the application process is open to homeowners who are 62 years and upwards. Reverse mortgages offer the chance to borrow money and enjoy freedom without having to worry so much about the financial woes of monthly installments to pay it back.
Access All Areas
One of the most important ways to make sure your home is safe is by modifying entrances and enlarging spaces so that if mobility becomes an issue, you are prepared in advance to make life at home much easier to manage. For wheelchair access, consider widening doors, any hallways, and installing entrance ramps if necessary.
Similarly, stairlifts can be incorporated with the design of your stairs in mind and are fitted with numerous safety features, for example, ergonomic controls or pressure sensors, so you’re able to use them with confidence while adding a stylish feature to your home. If you have a home with more than two stories, you may also want to think about residential elevators for ease of mobility for every level of your home.
Update Existing Rooms
Making the balance between chic and functionality is essential to any room design, but no more so than in a bathroom, despite its obvious challenges! In order to ensure independence, bathroom gadgets and simple renovations, for example, grab rails and height adjusting seats, can be combined with more complex designs such as a walk-in shower bath, complete with a shower seat.
It’s also advisable to add a roll-in shower and toilet room on each of the floors in your home so that they’re accessible throughout your home. Go through each room individually and devise modifications specific to the function of the room so that you can move freely and safely.
Modern technology has made life easier and more convenient than ever before and installing smart technology should be at the top of your list. Smart devices can offer peace of mind for both seniors and their families. Fixing smart door locks will eliminate the potential stress of losing keys and motion sensors can help with alerts for something wrong in a home.
Similarly, automated lighting can be controlled from an app on a smartphone whereby a simple tap can ensure lights can be turned on and off easily. Increasingly, tech giants are targeting seniors to invest in smart technology and although not all design features are necessary, there are many worth considering to make home life more secure and trouble-free.
Opt for Help
There are plenty of designers who can help you modify your home so more independence and safety can be created. However, ensure you research sufficiently and work alongside a licensed professional to make any design changes. In addition, make sure you shop around and get quotes from a range of contractors before agreeing on the work involved and you obtain references so you can be safe in the knowledge that they are reliable. Although these upgrades will cost you money, they will be a worthwhile investment as you grow older.
Whether you choose to discuss your requirements with a professional designer or decide to go it alone to remodel your home, changes have the potential to vastly improve your quality of life while being safe in your home.