If you love your home and plan to live in it through your retirement years, you’ll want to be sure it’s safe for you as you face some of those little challenges aging presents. Assess your home and see if there are any changes you may need to make. Doing so will not only reduce the risk of injury, but it will also give your loved ones peace-of-mind, especially if you live alone.
Here’s what you’ll want to inspect as you consider aging in place:
- Bathroom handrails. Next to the toilet and tub are the top choices to install handrails. Not only are bars for moments of instability, but they can help you raise and lower yourself more easily. You might also consider converting to a walk-in shower with a seat.
- Non-slip surfacing. Showers and tubs are much safer if you reduce the chance of slippage. There are non-slip mats and tape that can be applied to the floors to minimize the possibility of slipping.
- Stairway railings. Both inside and outside stairways should have sturdy, useful rails (i.e., not just decorative).
- Ample lighting. Consider adding lighting indoors and outdoors. Decreased visibility is a significant contributor to falls. Lighting also adds security by deterring would-be burglars.
- Sharp edges. Sharp corners on tables and countertops are a dangerous hazard. Consider replacing these areas with rounded surfaces.
- Flat thresholds. Transitions from room-to-room should be as bump-free as possible. You may be accustomed to stepping over the occasional random stair or elevated threshold, but it is a good idea to remove potential hazards.
- Storage height. If you’ve been used to climbing up and down step ladders to access your storage spaces, look for alternative storage options.
- Furniture support. Is your couch too low, do your chairs have armrests for support or are countertops too high? Find the sweet spot where comfort and safety meet.
Home size is often an issue, especially if there are upkeep and maintenance issues to consider. Of course, if you’ve decided your current home isn’t the greatest for an age-in-place approach to your golden years, it may be time to consider a change. Give me a call, I have over 15 years of experience in residential real estate, both resle and new home sales. I’d be happy to research options for you. 928.830.6976