In these tough economic times some of us are forced or choose to stay in our beloved homes till we grow old. There are some changes that can be made to your existing home that would help as we all age in to senior hood. These small changes that you can make with your exsiting home would improve your over all well being and make it easier to adapt to the changes that we will all have as we age gracefully. If you are remodeling your home, think about how long you are going to stay in this particular house. Most of us should think about the finishes we use for the interior and exterior. If you ever go to sell it, who is your buyer? Someone who might be elderly, handicaped or young but wants a home to stay in forever, “ageing-in-place”?
Here are some easy suggestions we can start with; your front door and interior door knobs. As we get older we tend to find it a lot harder to grip a round knob or egg shaped and twist it to open it. I suggest replacing all your door hardware with “lever handles” that are much easier to open doors with especially if you have arthitis or some other wrist, hand injury. Another suggestion is make sure you have suffient lighting in your home, from the front door entrance foyer all the way into the interior of your home. Examples: recessed over head lighting for better coverage, table lamps at designated areas, floor lamps, chandeliers etc. It is best to change your switches to rocket switches (or in the trade we call it decora) with dimmers when ever possible. This will also save on your electrical bill! Enjoy these valuable tips and more from a new series of articles specific to “ageing- in- place”coming soon!