Elderly Friendly Remodeling

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Planning for the Golden years!

There’s nothing worse than seeing older or disabled person unable to enjoy their home or worse, forced to move because the existing conditions are not user friendly.  Elderly friendly remodeling is on the rise.

Elderly Friendly Remodeling

A home that is user-friendly for the elderly and the disabled can be aesthetically pleasing. More and more products today are designed for disabled or elderly applications and have broken the “utilitarian” design mold and are now quite attractive.

If your building a house or performing a large remodeling project I recommend having an architect on the project to think about and plan the entire space so that it not only “works” but looks right!

Elderly Friendly Remodeling Thoughts:

1. Make Things Safer
2. Make things easier to use

Safety:

One of the most important factors in the design of comfortable housing for the elderly and physically disabled is the proper consideration of safety.

  • Take the opportunity to incorporate such conveniences as handrails where needed and slip-prevention mats in the bathtub and on the stairs.
  • Install grab bars and railings near the toilet and in the bathtub or shower.
  • Install chair lifts, ramps or elevators if necessary to provide access to other levels of the house.

Make Things Easier To Use:

  • Raise electrical outlets and phone jacks from 12 to 18 inches above the floor;  people in wheelchairs will find this height more accessible.
  • Lower electrical switches and thermostats from 48 to 42 inches from the floor; again, this provides easier access for people seated in wheelchairs.
  • Lower racks, shelves, and poles in closets to make them more accessible. Make Moving Around Easier
  • Widen doors from the standard 30 inches to 36 inches to accommodate a wheelchair.
  • Bring laundry machines up from basements to the living areas.
  • Make sure the flooring in the kitchen and bath is made of a non-slip finish
  • Replace standard doorknobs with levers that are easier to maneuver with arthritic or disabled hands.
  • Consider replacing double-hung or slider windows with crank-style casement windows.
  • Use single-lever faucets with balled tips for the sink. These allow people to control the temperature with one lever.
  • Install kitchen cabinets that feature roll out drawers and easy-to grip handles.
  • Consider using modern technology like bathroom and hallway motion lights, built in stair lighting, etc.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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