Home Remodeling & Universal Design Services
As you age, become less mobile or lose strength, you may find it more difficult to manage life in your home. However, if you really want to stay in your home, there are many modifications that can be make so that it’s an easier and safer place for you to live as you age. Home modifications can be as simple as adding no-touch faucets to your sinks, or as extensive as relocating or adding your bedroom to the main floor of the home. And even small modifications can sometimes go a long way in making your home safer.
Just keep in mind that it’s best to plan ahead and make the types of changes you think you will eventually need before you actually need them. That’s because the process of lining up the right contractor and getting your home modifications completed may take some time.
Here are some examples of the kinds of modifications, large and small, that you might want to consider when aging in place:
- Adding a bathroom to the main level of your home if you don't already have one there.
- Installing a chair lift if your bathroom is upstairs and you can't add one to the main level.
- Adding grab bars in the bathtub and near the toilet.
- Replacing tubs with walk-in tubs or roll-in showers that allow for wheelchair access.
- Adding handrails in hallways and in stairways that don’t have them.
- Replacing existing bathroom, kitchen and laundry room flooring with anti-skid tile.
- Making your kitchen is wheelchair friendly, by adjusting the height of counters, drawers, cabinets, sinks and even appliances.
- Adding better lighting throughout your home to make it safer to move around.
- Installing handrails to make it easier to get in and out of bed.
- Enlarging your laundry room to make sure there’s plenty of space for wheelchair access and mobility.
You’ll find companies that offer home remodeling services here, and some that even specialize in adapting homes for senior living.
When considering a company, remember to ask for testimonials and referrals, or check or have a family member check the company’s reviews online to see what other clients have said about them. It’s also smart to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints filed against them. Also, be wary of companies that ask for full payment up front prior to completing any work. While most companies will require a partial payment or deposit up front, most reputable companies will not require payment in full until the work is completed and you are satisfied with the results.