For many of us, our houses were built several decades ago, back when little thought was given to designing a home that’s compatible with aging in place. That means that, unfortunately, most homes simply aren’t designed for senior living.
So, what does that mean for you if you plan to age in place? What are the risks of leaving your home as it is and what can you do to improve it? You’re in the right place for guidance. Throughout this post, we’ll take a closer look at dangerous areas of the home, the best aging-in-place upgrades to make, and why it’s important to work with a specialist like Atlas Home Improvement on your home projects.
The Dangers Lurking Around Your Home
The most dangerous place in your house is often the smallest room: the bathroom. Many older people have trouble bathing in their homes because they struggle to navigate the high step to get in and out of their tubs, even with safety bars installed.
However, even outside of the bathroom, your home can pose safety risks as you get older. If you live in a multi-story home, for example, going up and down the stairs can quickly become a hazard as your mobility declines. Fortunately, the Atlas Home Improvement team offers solutions to help you feel safe in your home as your needs change.
Aging in Place Solutions to Consider
If you want to stay independent and comfortable in your home as you get older, consider updating your home to include any (or all!) of these safety features.
Rane Walk-in Tub
As a top-of-line walk-in tub manufacturer, Rane creates incredible bathing systems that strike the perfect balance between luxury and safety. Depending on your mood, you can soak in your walk-in tub to either invigorate your muscles for the day ahead or to calm your body and mind before you go to sleep.
Equipped with comfortable seating, hydrotherapy jets, and a convenient door for entry, you can stay independent while you bathe and enjoy yourself in the process.
Jacuzzi® Walk-in Shower
Do you prefer taking showers to baths? Well, our selection of Jacuzzi® walk-in showers could be just what you need. We offer a variety of models that you can customize with different showerheads, shelving, fold-down seats, and more, to create a shower that perfectly suits your needs.
You can even opt to include built-in water jets that will soothe aches and pains while you bathe. Best of all, our walk-in showers have a low-threshold entry so you don’t have to worry about tripping and falling.
If you’re having difficulty going up and down the stairs, consider installing a stair lift for added safety and security. Not only do our stair lifts provide a comfortable, smooth ride between the floors of your home, but they also require no maintenance, so you can move about your home without worry.
Best of all, our stair lifts are completely customizable to fit the layout of your home, including curved stairways.
Choosing a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
If you plan to do any of the projects we mentioned above, it’s critical to have them completed by a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Here at Atlas Home Improvement, we’ve taken the required courses and passed the necessary tests in order to become a certified CAPS company by the National Association of Home Builders.
This means that we know how to help you decide which modifications to make to your home and how to install them properly. This added peace of mind as you age in place is truly priceless.
Transform Your Home to Better Suit Your Needs
After reading this guide, we hope you have a better understanding of which aging-in-place projects can help you stay safe and comfortable in your own home. When you’re ready to start planning your project, we’re here for you. Contact us today to get started!