Have you heard of “aging in place?” If not, we’ll explain. It is the concept of staying in your own home as you get older, and the CDC defines it as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” This way of aging is best suited for those who are healthy and also have a strong support system and fully paid off homes. Of course, there are plenty of ways to make the home even more comfortable for aging loved ones, and here are some things that can achieve just that.
Stylish Grab Bars
Grab bars are extremely useful but let’s be real, they can often be quite an eyesore. For those who have painstakingly designed their bathrooms, adding these in will completely ruin the look of the whole room. However, you can try finding one in the Invisia Grab Bar Collection that suits the bathroom’s style while still providing a sturdy and enduring structural support bar.
Sliding Door Hardware
Dis you know that you can turn pretty much any door into a sliding one? These are usually more comfortable for anyone with mobility issues and will also save space. The DesignGlide hardware from Jeld-Wen makes it possible to transform doors easily and they come with soft-close hinges that can help turn traditional entry doors more safe as well.
A Stair Lift
A stair lift can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making mobility easier and more accessible. However, sometimes things get tricky with different types of staircases, which is why the line of stair lifts from Bruno’s is great, because they can help find a lift that fits any staircase and at a fair price. The most popular one is the Elan Straight Stair Lift that has a narrow vertical rail design that doesn’t block off the rest of the staircase.
For seniors who have difficulty reaching up in closets or are newly using a wheelchair, it can be difficult to get things in and out of the closet. However, the Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Down Closet Rod helps remedy that by making any closet accessible. It comes in a range of widths so you can find one that best suits your closet, while the rod can also be adjusted from 34 to 50 inches. You can access closet items by pulling down the rod, which is locked into its place.
Touch To Open Drawers
For seniors that find that cabinet handles are more difficult to use or can cause pain, touch to open drawers and cabinets are a great solution. You can use the Tipmatic system for kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms drawers that allow drawers to open up with just a touch on a panel. With Sensomatic, drawers open up when touched anywhere on the front of the drawer’s surface.