Aging in Place with Grace

Posted on June 2, 2013 by Lennox Smith

Safety First

“Aging in Place” (AIP) home design is more than just adding a few features, such as stair lifts and grab bars in the shower stall. A well designed AIP remodel considers all aspects of the home and how improvements can be made to ease daily life when the challenges of aging begins to concern a homeowner.

We are finding that more clients are preparing for aging in place amenities before the physical challenges actually appear, particularly if they have been considering remodeling aside from aging in place upgrades. Some of these amenities just make home life more comfortable even if there are no physical issues at present.

From Wikipedia…
“There exist many risks for injury to older adults in the common household, therefore impeding upon their capability to successfully age in place. Among the greatest threats to this ability to age in place is falling. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injurious death among older adults. Therefore, engagement in fall prevention is crucial to one’s ability to age in place. Common features in an everyday household, such as a lack of support in the shower or bathroom, inadequate railings on the stairs, loose throw rugs, and obstructed pathways are all possible dangers to an older person.” 

These are some of the types of amenities that we will suggest to clients when designing for Aging in Place homes:

  • Transitionless shower stalls
  • Open kitchens
  • Wide doors and entry ways
  • Pocket Doors
  • Additions to create single level living space
  • Stair lifts
  • Wheelchair access
  • Shower stall seating and grab bars
  • Lower placement shower wands and controls
  • Kitchen cabinet pull-out shelving
  • Anti-scald faucets

Talk to Us

If you are considering retrofitting your home for Aging in Place amenities, please talk to us first. We are experienced in all aspects of creating a safe and accessible home for your future. We would be happy to supply you with client references.