Aging In Place Design Checklist
The National Association of Home Builders releases a home renovation checklist to be used as a guide for anyone who plans to age on the spot and make updates on their home so they can easily do it. Based on a checklist, the overall floor plan for a house must ensure that the main living areas are all on the same floor of a property. This means that all the main rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms with full bathtubs must be on the same level. Important updates to the bathroom, such as installing a walk in tub, are a must – especially if older people are at risk of falling. The tub must have a door that is easily opened which makes it easy to get into the tub by walking on it instead of climbing to the edge. Also, the entire house plan must be large enough to allow easy accessibility of the wheelchair.
The Right Floor Options
When designing properties for people who want to age in place, it is important to choose a smooth and soft surface such as rubber, cork, or linoleum for the floor. These ingredients are known to be more forgiving of one's joints. This can also reduce the risk of tripping, which is far more common on soft carpets. In addition, the floor must always be smooth and flat. If using printed linoleum, it does not have to have a strong pattern to prevent disturbing the depth perception of the old man.
Senior Friendly Kitchen Design
Because standing hours can be challenging for the elderly, adding areas where they can sit properly while preparing food must be considered. Home builders can install kitchen islands that can be adjusted on wheels that can be changed according to the needs of parents. It is also recommended to lower the height of the sink or make it shallow so that those in wheelchairs can access it. In addition, placing lighting under a larger kitchen cabinet and drawer can help elderly people move around in the kitchen easily.
The interior design of a house where seniors plan to age in a place does not need to look boring or radiate the aesthetics of the hospital room. Instead, there are ideas that can be combined that will still make the property feel comfortable, which will make the elderly feel comfortable. In addition, this increase will allow seniors to have easy access to all rooms and furniture in their homes so they can move without difficulty.