Did you know? 96 percent of homes in the U.S. are not set up to deal with even moderate mobility issues!
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Decades ago, houses were not built for aging-in-place. Now, however, more residents wish to remain in the home, so both the universal design and aging-in-place trends are rising. Born out of universal design to assist helping residents stay at home longer, aging-in-place offers a more personalized approach to respond to each resident’s needs.
Oftentimes, healthy, independent residents don’t see a need to make modifications in the home just yet. But accidents happen all the time and surgeries can pop up in a moment’s notice. When they do, the last thing residents should have to worry about are mobility issues at home.
Two common home modifications homeowners should consider are bathroom doorways and zero-entry showers. The two-foot-wide doors in bathrooms don’t work well for walkers and wheelchairs, and zero-entry showers offer residents the ability to enter the shower without any threshold. Water overflow won’t be an issue in these showers due to built in slopes in the showers. Onyx showers offer a cheaper alternative to the zero-entry shower, with around 1.5-2 inch thresholds.
Other home accessibility items mentioned include:
- Grab Bars
- Handheld Showers
- Variable Height Countertops
- Pull-down Shelving in Cabinets
- Fridge and Freezer Drawers
There is currently a federal bill (H.R. 1780) in circulation attempting to get leverage for those in need of home modifications. The father of aging-in-place and one of the creators of the bill, Louis Tenenbaum, saw the changing population and wanted to provide an incentive to assist those in need. This bill would potentially offer up to $30,000 in tax credit for those aged 60 and older to make the necessary changes in the home, and it could also benefit future generations.
At LifeWise Renovations, we are always working to find ways to assist and understand the needs of those looking for home modifications. Many of our staff members are CAPS certified, or aging-in-place specialists, and we even have an occupational therapist on board that goes with our contractors to assess the home and the residents’ specific needs, Debbie Hartzler.
Stay proactive when it comes to your home and aging-in-place.
Contact LifeWise Renovations for a free consultation.